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Hedgecock Captures First Career Southern Nationals Series Victory at 411

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(Seymour, TN) July 17th, 2018- Cory Hedgecock owns 411 Motor Speedway. There’s no doubt about it. The Loudon, TN driver has won multiple features at the 1/3 mile facility throughout his career including this year’s World of Outlaws race paying $10,000 to win and a $4,000 to win Crate race. Last night was no different as he would capture his first career Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series win.
31 cars were signed in on a Tuesday night at the Seymour, TN track.
There would be two groups of qualifying with the top 5 qualifiers in each group being locked into the feature. Hedgecock would be the final car in Group A and go on to set fast time in his group and the overall fast time for the evening with a 13.499 second lap. The returning Randy Weaver, in his first Super Late Model race since 2016, would be second in Group A qualifying followed by Forrest Trent, Vic Hill, and a Shanon Buckingham.
The fastest qualifier in Group B would be Michael Chilton out of Salvisa, KY who ran a 13.603 lap around the 1/3 mile D-shaped track. Joining Chilton would be Michael Page, 2018 Spring Nationals Champion Eric Wells, Robby Moses, and Ryan King.
The reminder of the cars would race in two consolation races with the top 5 finishers advancing into the feature.
In the first consolation race, Cla Knight would win followed by Kenny Collins, Tommy Kerr, Jason Hiett, and Aaron Ridley. 2017 Southern Nationals champion Brandon Overton would win the second consolation race over Casey Roberts, Joey Coulter, David Crabtree, and Austin Smith.
Saturday’s winner at Wythe, Dale McDowell and last year’s winner at 411, Donald McIntosh would have to take provisionals along with Australian Craig Vosbergen to make it a 23 car field.
At the beginning of the 35 lap feature, Chilton would take the lead running the outside like in Turns 1 & 2 as he would lead Lap 1 over Cory Hedgecock, Randy Weaver, Michael Page, and Eric Wells. The top 5 would remain the same as Chilton, Hedgecock and Weaver would separate themselves from the rest of the field and by Lap 9, 12th starting Brandon Overton would be up the the sixth position. Chilton would battle in lapped traffic with Hedgecock close behind. On Lap 15, Chilton would slip up the track and allow Hedgecock to get under him for the lead. Hedgecock would lead Lap 15 and clear Chilton for the lead. Eric Wells would also get around Michael Page for fourth.
The first caution of the race would fall right after the halfway point on Lap 19 as third place running Randy Weaver would get a little bit too low in Turns 3 & 4. He would hit the berm and spin out. His night would be done early.
On the restart, Hedgecock would maintain his lead as Wells would get around Chilton for second. Brandon Overton would get around Page for fourth and Shanon Buckingham would crack his way into the Top 5 by also passing Page. On Lap 22, Buckingham would take the fourth spot away from Overton. Unfortunately for Buckingham, two laps later on Lap 24, him and Overton would make contact coming off of Turn 2 and Buckingham would spin drawing the second caution of the race and then pull off of the track.
On the ensuing restart, Hedgecock would still lead as Wells would run closely behind in second place with Chilton in third and Brandon Overton & Casey Roberts battling for fourth. The final caution would wave right as the white flag would come out for the stalled car of Tommy Kerr in Turn 4. This would allow for a green, white, checkered finish.
Hedgecock could bolt out to the lead unchallenged and win his first career Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series race over Eric Wells and Michael Chilton. Brandon Overton would take fourth while Casey Roberts finished fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Vic Hill, 21st starting Dale McDowell, Robby Moses, 22nd starting Donald McIntosh, and Michael Page.
Feature Finish: 411 Motor Speedway- $3,500 to win
  1. 9 Cory Hedgecock- Loudon, TN
  2. 18 Eric Wells- Hazard, KY
  3. 97 Michael Chilton- Salvisa, KY
  4. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  5. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  6. 1 Vic Hill- Moshiem, TN
  7. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  8. 21 Robby Moses- Maryville, TN
  9. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  10. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  11. 2 Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  12. 22 Jason Hiett- Oxford, AL
  13. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  14. 1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  15. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  16. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  17. 8 Craig Vosbergen- Perth, Western Australia
  18. 84 Austin Smith- Rome, GA
  19. 4T Tommy Kerr- Maryville, TN
  20. 1G Ryan King- Seymour, TN
  21. 50 Shanon Buckingham- Morristown, TN
  22. 116 Randy Weaver- Crossville, TN
  23. c5 David Crabtree- Maryville, TN
DNS- 2N Peter Nicola, 3 Steve Smith, 4 Clyde Overholt, 7 Craig Greer, 25 David Doherty, 56 Jonathan Rowan, 77 Mike Price, 97 Cade Dillard
Through two races, Eric Wells currently is the points leader over Dale McDowell, Vic Hill, Casey Roberts, and Donald McIntosh.
The next Southern Nationals Series race is Thursday, July 19th at Toccoa Raceway with a 25 lap, $3,500 to win race. This will kick off a 4 day race weekend with races at Swainsboro Raceway on Friday night, Screven Motor Speedway on Saturday night, and Rome Speedway on Sunday night.

 

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


McDowell Dominates 2018 Southern Nationals Opener at Wythe Raceway

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(Rural Retreat, VA) July 14th, 2018- The 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series two week mini-series finally kicked off an 11 race tour on Saturday night at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia with a $10,000 to win show. When the checkered flag waved, it would be Chickamauga, Georgia driver Dale McDowell who would lead flag-to-flag and take the $10,000 paycheck to kick off the 14th season of the Southern National Series.
31 cars were entered at the Fred Brown promoted track. Brown announced earlier in the week that all cars entered would race in the 53-lap feature so all cars would qualify and heat race.
Time trials were split into two groups. Donald McIntosh was quickest in Group A and the overall fast qualifier of the night with a lap of 16.530 seconds. He was followed by Aaron Ridley and McDowell. Evans, GA driver Brandon Overton would be fastest win Group B qualifying with a lap 16.830 seconds. Johnny Pursley and Ross Bailes would round out the top three qualifiers in Group B.
There would be four, 8 lap heat races with all cars transferring into the feature.
In the first heat race, McDowell would go on to win and clinch the pole position over Eric Wells and Mcintosh.
Morristown, TN driver Shanon Buckingham would win the second heat race and start in the third position for the 53 lap feature over Aaron Ridley and Cla Knight.
2017 Southern Nationals Series champion Brandon Overton would go on to win the third heat race and he would start on the outside pole position over Steve Casebolt and Ross Bailes.
In the final heat race, Vic Hill would edge out Johnny Pursley and Dennis “Rambo” Franklin to start in the fourth position in the feature.
30 of the 31 cars would start the feature as Van Lester would be the lone scratch of the evening.
The green flag would wave and Dale McDowell would lead Lap 1 over Overton and Buckingham. Eric Wells would also pass Vic Hill for fourth. McDowell would continue to lead and get into lapped traffic by Lap 8 with Overton still trailing.
The race would continue to stay green for the first 14 laps when the first caution of the race would fly for Rookie of the Year Contender Joey Coulter, who would wreck in Turn 2. On the ensuing restart, McDowell would still lead as Overton would still follow a few car lengthsbehind. Steve Casebolt would get around Hill for the fifth position. McDowell would continue to lead as the second caution of the race would come out as fifth place running Casebolt would jump the cushion in turns 3 & 4 and hit the wall hard, his night would be done early as he would pull his into the pits.
On the Lap 24 restart, Hill would get around Wells for fourth place as McDowell would continue to lead. McDowell would lead at the halfway point as heartbreak would strike for second place Brandon Overton as he would pull off the track with mechanical issues. McDowell would then hold a half a straightaway lead over Shanon Buckingham and Vic Hill. The third caution of the race would come out on Lap 43, with 10 laps to go for Dwayne Joyce, who would stop his car up in Turn 2.
McDowell would once again bolt out to the lead as Hill would get around Buckingham for the runner-up spot. Two laps later, Wells would pass Buckingham for third. The final caution of the race would fly with 3 laps to go on Lap 50 for fourth place running Buckingham as he would slow with a flat right rear tire.
On the three lap shootout, Dale McDowell would check out and take the checkers while leading all 53 laps in a dominating fashion. Vic Hill would finish second and Eric Wells would round out the podium. Ross Bailes and Casey Roberts would round out the Top 5.
Feature Finish: Wythe Raceway- $10,000 to win
  1. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  2. 1 Vic Hill- Moshiem, TN
  3. 18 Eric Wells- Hazard, KY
  4. 79 Ross Bailes- Clover, SC
  5. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  6. 09 Johnny Pursley- Clover, SC
  7. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  8. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  9. 2 Dennis Franklin- Gaffney, SC
  10. 87 Walker Arthur- Forrest, VA
  11. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  12. 8 Craig Vosbergen- Perth, Western Australia
  13. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  14. 00 Jeff Smith- Dallas, NC
  15. 56 Jonathan Rowan- Jackson, TN
  16. 89 Justin Williams- Emporia, VA
  17. 50 Shanon Buckingham- Morristown, TN
  18. 21 Robby Moses- Maryville, TN
  19. 69 Carder Miller- Salem, VA
  20. 281 Kyle Pierce- Statesville, NC
  21. 42s Doug Sanders- McAdenville, NC
  22. 0 Peter Nicola- Melbourne, Australia
  23. 86 Jeff Neubert- Rockford, TN
  24. 87J Dwayne Joyce- Walkertown, NC
  25. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  26. 54 Jason Lawrence- Pilot, VA
  27. c9 Steve Casebolt- New Richmond, IN
  28. 2 Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  29. 47 Chris Combs- Isom, KY
  30. c5 David Crabtree- Maryville, TN
The next Schaffer’s Oil Southern National Series race will be Monday, July 16th at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN and Tuesday, July 17th at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN. Both features will be 35 laps, paying $3,500 to win.

 

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Wells Survives the Firecracker 40 at Tazewell 

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(Tazewell, TN) July 3, 2018- The Schaffer’s Oil Southern National Bonus Series and the Iron Man Late Model Series hosted a co-sanctioned $5,000 to win race at Tazewell Speedway on Tuesday night. When the checkered flag waved, it would be 2018 Spring Nationals champion Eric Wells out of Hazard, KY who would survive the war of attrition at Tazewell and take the $5,000 paycheck.
19 cars were signed in on a hot Tuesday night race at “The Bad Fast Taz”. The field would be set by qualifying as it was divided into two groups.
Brian Smith out of Barbourville, KY would set the fast time in Group A by one thousandth of a second over Chad Ogle with a lap of 11.720 seconds. Rounding out the top 5 qualifiers in Group A would be Southern Nationals Bonus Series points leader Aaron Ridley, Chicky Barton, and Clyde Overholt.
Ewing, VA driver Dakotah Knuckles would set quick time in Group B and have the overall fast time of the evening with an 11.491 second lap around the 1/3 mile, high banked speed plant. Eric Wells, Vic Hill, Jeff Neubert, and Layne Clifton would complete the top 5 qualifiers in Group B.
The 40 lap feature went underway with Knuckles using the outside line of the track to take the lead over Brian Smith, Chad Ogle, and Eric Wells. Knuckles would set a blistering pace as he would have almost a straightaway lead and already be in lapped traffic by Lap 5. Ridley would briefly take the fourth spot from Wells but Wells would regain the spot a few laps later.
A major turning point occurred around Lap 14 when Knuckles, who was leading by over a straightaway would break an oil line and be off the pace while still leading. Coming off of Turn 2 on the next lap, Knuckles would be slowing down in front of Brian Smith, Chad Ogle, and Eric Wells bunching up the leaders. At the same time, the first caution of the evening would wave for fifth place running Aaron Ridley, who would slow on the front stretch with a flat. Unfortunately Knuckles night would be over with as he pulled his 21k machine into the infield under caution.
Brian Smith would take the lead on the restart as Wells would pass Ogle for second place. On lap 17, Wells would pass Smith on the inside to take the lead. The next big turning point in the race happened on Lap 17 when third place running Chad Ogle would drop a driveshaft coming off of Turn 4. The rest of the field had no where to go as Chicky Barton would slam into Ogle and cause a huge wreck on the front stretch that also involved Vic Hill, Jeff Neubert, and Steve Smith. This would bring out the second caution of the race and the red flag as the track was blocked with wrecked cars. Barton and Neubert were the only cars able to continue from the big wreck. Brian Smith would still be the leader as the lap was not completed when Wells passed Smith for the lead.
On the ensuing restart, the third and final caution of the race would fly for Aaron Ridley again, who would already be back into the top 5 after brining out the first caution back on Lap 15. Ridley would stop his car on the backstretch and be hooked up on the wrecker, therefore ending his night early with mechanical issues.
Brian Smith would maintain the lead on the restart with Wells in hot pursuit. On Lap 19, Wells would overtake Smith for the lead and become the new leader. 16th starting David Payne would be in third place courtesy of the drivers starting in front of him wrecking. Wells would then set a torrid pace around the high banked facility and have a straightaway lead by Lap 30. Payne and Smith would battle for second place while Chicky Barton would pass Matt Tharpe to get back into the top 5 and then pass Clyde Overholt a few laps later to get up to fourth in a heavy damaged car.
Wells would easily maneuver his Longhorn Chasis through lapped traffic as he would go on to win his first feature since November 2016. Brian Smith would hold off David Payne to finish second as Payne would break a shock in one of his rear tires with 2 laps to go and he would cross the finish line on two wheels. Chicky Barton would finish fourth and Clyde Overholt would have an impressive run and round out the Top 5.
Firecracker 40 Feature Finish at Tazewell Speedway:
  1. 18 Eric Wells- Hazard, KY
  2. 7 Brian Smith- Barbourville, KY
  3. 8 David Payne- Murphy, NC
  4. 144 Chicky Barton- Middlesboro, KY
  5. 4 Clyde Overholt- New Tazewell, TN
  6. 35 Matt Tharpe- Lutrell, TN
  7. 86 Jeff Neubert- Rockford, TN
  8. 156 Joey Standridge- Tellico Plains, TN
  9. 2 Mitchell Childress- Seymour, TN
  10. 54 Mitchell Burke- Tazewell, TN
  11. 20 Brad Dyer- Mohawk, TN
  12. 22 Lynn Leech- Andersonville, TN
  13. 10 Chad Ogle- Sevierville, TN
  14. 1 Vic Hill- Moshiem, TN
  15. 3 Steve Smith- Powell, TN
  16. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  17. 21k Dakotah Knuckles- Ewing, VA
  18. 23 Layne Clifton- Seymour, TN
  19. 25 Eric Webber- Morristown, TN
The next Iron Man Late Model Series race will be August 4th at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IN with a $10,000 to win show aand the next Southern National Bonus Series race will be August 18th at North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, GA paying $10,000 to win.

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine 


Michael Page wins the Bill Ingram Memorial at Dixie Speedway

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(Woodstock, GA) June 30, 2018- Another Saturday night race in Georgia, another win for Michael Page. The Douglasville, GA driver has rallied up multiple wins in the Ultimate Super Late Model Series, the Southern All Stars Dirt Late Model Series, and the Southern Nationals Bonus Series. He’s won at Senoia Raceway, North Georgia Speedway, and he racked up another win this past Saturday night at Dixie Speedway in the $3,000 to win Bill Ingram Memorial.
27 cars were entered for the $3,000 to win race. However after hot laps, three entries would be a scratch for the evening with mechanical issues; Kurt English, Scott Hall, and Johnny Chastain.
The field would be set based off of time trials of the remaining 24 cars.
Page would be the fastest in qualifying with a 15.400 second lap around the 3/8 semi-banked clay oval track. T.J Reaid would be second fastest followed by Jason Hiett, Zach Leonhardi, Austin Horton, Jason Croft, Tyler Millwood, Ray Cook, Frank Ingram, and Payton Freeman.
There would be a 9 lap dash between the top 4 qualifiers that would determine the first 4 starting positions for the feature and pay $400 to the winner. Page would win the dash, $400, and start on the pole for the feature over Zach Leonhardi, Jason Hiett, and T.J Reaid
Before the feature. Douglasville, GA driver Lamar Haygood and his son, Kyler, would arrive late and start on the last row and make it a 26 car field.
Page would bolt out to the lead at the beginning of the feature as Hiett would pass Leonhardi for second on the first lap. By lap 7, Page would already reach lapped traffic. Passing was a minimum as the track would lock down early in the feature. The closest Page got to losing his lead would be on Lap 15 as he would get caught up in lapped traffic. Hiett would catch to the back bumper of Page but Page would be able to get away and increase his lead by over 3 seconds at the halfway point of the race on Lap 20.
The first caution of the evening occurred on Lap 24 for the stalled car of Austin Smith. The field would bunch up on the restart. Leonhardi would briefly take the second position away from Hiett but Hiett would run the outside groove to get around Leonhardi on the next lap. Page would still hold a commanding lead over the rest of the field as with 10 laps to go, he would run his fastest lap of the race.
Page would continue to increase his lead over Hiett and Leonhardi as the second caution would wave for the slow car of 13 year-old driver Kyler Haygood. 4th place running T.J Reaid would make hard contact with Haygood as he was trying to get around the lapped car. Reaid was still able to continue.
The race would get back to green flag conditions until the next lap with two laps to go on Lap 38 with Lamar Haygood spinning his car in Turn 1.
On the green, white, checkered shootout, Page would check out from the rest of the field and capture the 2018 Bill Ingram Memorial and a $3,000 paycheck. Jason Hiett would finish second and Zack Leonhardi would survive a late challenge from T.J Reaid to finish 3rd. Austin Horton would round out the Top 5.
Feature Finish:
  1. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  2. 22 Jason Hiett- Oxford, AL
  3. 24 Zach Leonhardi- Cartersville, GA
  4. 41 T.J Reaid- Acworth, GA
  5. 16 Austin Horton- Newnan, GA
  6. 31 Tyler Millwood- Kingston, GA
  7. 9 Jason Croft- Woodstock, GA
  8. F1 Payton Freeman- Commerce, GA
  9. 0 Craig Scott- Bowdon, GA
  10. 08 Justin Shipley- Douglasville, GA
  11. G9 Eric Granger- Dallas, GA
  12. 53 Ray Cook- Brasstown, NC
  13. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  14. F9 Frank Ingram- Woodstock, GA
  15. 1D Brent Dixon- Elberton, GA
  16. 06 Matt Bishop- Dallas, GA
  17. 121 Pearson Lee Williams- Dublin, GA
  18. 17L Lamar Haygood- Douglasville, GA
  19. 3 Luther Jenkins- Waleska, GA
  20. 17k Kyler Haygood- Douglasville, GA
  21. 84 Austin Smith- Rome, GA
  22. 311 Scott Groves- Canton, GA
  23. x15 Shawn Chastain- Murphy, NC
  24. 63 Rick Jennings
  25. 19 Wayne Echols- Cumming, GA
  26. 24 Buster Goss- Rome, GA
DNS: Scratches
00 Johnny Chastain- Murphy, NC
07 Scott Hall- Rome, GA
17 Kurt English- Blue Ridge, GA
In other action, Jason Deal would win the Crate feature.
Landon Bagby would win the Steelhead/525 feature after original winner Dalton Polston was disqualified with an illegal motor.
Chris Hough would win the 602 Sportsman race and Dan Meadows won the Econo Bomber feature.
Sunday night’s Independence Day Celebration at Rome Speedway was cancelled due to rain. The next scheduled race at Rome Speedway will be July 22nd with a $5,300 to win Southern Nationals Series race, it will also be the season opener race for the local classes.

 

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Page Sweeps 2018 Southern All Stars Races at Senoia, Wins the Mike Head Jr. Memorial

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(Senoia, GA) June 23, 2018- The 2018 Southern All Stars Series rolled into their 8th race of the season at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA. It was the second and final race for the SAS series at Senoia and just like the first race, Michael Page out of Douglasville, GA would be in victory lane with a $5,454 paycheck in his name. Page won the previous SAS race at Senoia last month, winning $4,000. Page would drive his Stinger Chasis, with a 525 engine to victory lane after taking the lead on Lap 13 and lapping the field all the way up to 6th place.
 
34 cars were signed in for the event paying $5,454 to win. In qualifying, the top 5 cars in each group would be locked into the feature. Senoia Raceway regular Mason Massey would set quick time in Group A with a 15.605 second lap around the 3/8 mile Gray Gumbo track and would start on the pole for the 54 lap feature. Austin Horton, Michael Page, Jason Hiett, and Zack Mitchell would be locked into the feature as well. In Group B, Stevens City, VA driver Kyle Hardy would set the overall fast time with a 15.537 lap around “The South’s Baddest Bullring” and would start on the outside pole position. Joining Hardy would be Clint Smith, Ashton Winger, Kenny Collins, and Ricky Williams.
 
There would be 2 B-Mains with the Top 6 finishers in each race advancing to the feature.
 
In B-Main one, 17 year-old Zach Leonhardi out of Cartersville, GA would dominate and win the race by almost half a track. Donald McIntosh, Jay Scott, Joey Armistead, Dennis Hale, and Shane Fulcher would also transfer into the feature.
 
Kingston, GA driver Tyler Millwood would go on to win B-Main two after starting 6th. Also transfering into the feature would be Joey Coulter, Steven Roberts, Lamar Haygood, Dalton Polston, and Dillon Tidmore.
 
Mark Dodson and Ray McElhieney would round out the field after taking the SAS series provisionals.
 
At the drop of the green flag to kick off the 54 lap feature, Kyle Hardy would use the outside lane to his advantage and lead lap 1 over Mason Massey, Clint Smith, and Michael Page.
 
Hardy would continue to lead and set a fast pace as Page would pass Smith for 3rd on Lap 7. Three laps later on lap 10, Page would pass Massey for 2nd place while Jason Hiett would get around Ashton Winger for the fifth position.
 
Page would catch up to Hardy’s back bumper on Lap 12 just as the first caution waved for Shane Fulcher as he spun his car in Turn 3.
 
On the ensuing restart, Hardy would slip up going into Turn 1 which allowed Page to take the lead on the topside groove while Massey would also get around Hardy for second place. Jason Hiett would also get around Clint Smith for fourth place. Page would then set sail and have almost a straightaway advantage until three laps later on Lap 15 when the second caution of the evening flew out for 2017 SAS series champion Austin Horton as he would spin on the backstretch after making contact with Tyler Millwood, Horton was running sixth at the time as it would be the second straight SAS race at Senoia that he would be running well and spin out.
When the race returned to green, Hardy would get back around Massey to regain the second position as Millwood would pass Smith to get into the top five and then go on to battle Hiett for fourth place. Page would set a torrid pace on the field as he would reach lapped traffic by the halfway mark on Lap 27. Hardy would gain a little ground when Page would be stuck in lapped traffic but Page would maintain about a straightaway lead during the long green flag run.
 
The next 36 laps would be a green flag run in which Page would Lap the field all the way up to seventh place as he would lead over Hardy, Massey, Hiett, Millwood, Smith, Ashton Winger, Jay Scott, Donald McIntosh, and Zack Mitchell.
 
The turning point of the race would occur on Lap 53 with two laps to go as 3rd place running Mason Massey would almost spin out in Turns 1 & 2. He would lose momentum as Jason Hiett would pass Massey for third. Going into Turns 3 & 4, Millwood, running fifth, would attempt to get under the slower car of Massey who was still trying to speed up. Millwood would make heavy contact with Massey coming out of Turn 4 and would spin out on the front stretch ending his night early as his Top 5 run slipped away.
 
This would bunch the field up with 2 laps to go and only six cars remaining on the lead lap. Page would dart out once again and face no challenges for the two-lap shootout and he would win both of the SAS Series races at Senoia in 2018. Page would win the Mike Head Jr. Memorial and cash in on a $5,454 paycheck. Kyle Hardy would finish second and Jason Hiett would finish third. Mason Massey would rebound and finish fourth while Clint Smith would round out the top five. Completing the top ten would be current SAS series points leader Jay Scott, Ashton Winger, Donald McIntosh, Zack Mitchell, and Joey Coulter.
 
The next Southern All Stars Dirt Series event will be Saturday, June 30th at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, TN with a $4,000 to win show.
 
Feature Finish:
 
  1. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  2. 3v Kyle Hardy- Stevens City, VA
  3. 22 Jason Hiett- Oxford, AL
  4. 15 Mason Massey- Douglasville, GA
  5. 44 Clint Smith- Senoia, GA
  6. 27j Jay Scott- Fayetteville, TN
  7. 12 Ashton Winger- Senoia, GA
  8. 7 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  9. 57 Zack Mitchell- Enoree, SC
  10. 2c Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  11. 1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  12. 17w Ricky Williams- Fayetteville, GA
  13. 888 Dennis Hale- LaGrange, GA
  14. 17H Lamar Haygood- Douglasville, GA
  15. 16 Austin Horton- Newnan, GA
  16. 31 Tyler Millwood- Kingston, GA
  17. 9a Joey Armistead- Senoia, GA
  18. 20 Ray McElhieney- Pulaski, TN
  19. 32 Mark Dodson- Caledonia, MS
  20. 00 Dalton Polston- Lithia Springs, GA
  21. 38 Dillon Tidmore- Glencoe, AL
  22. 111 Steven Roberts- Sylvester, GA
  23. 24 Zach Leonhardi- Cartersville, GA
  24. 29 Shane Fulcher- Thomaston, GA
DNS- 0 Craig Scott, 9 Laddie Fulcher, G9 Eric Granger, 17k Kyler Haygood, 25 Joseph Faulkner, 27 Glenn Morris, J28 Jacques Daniel, 32 Bobby Mills, 66k Dylan Knwoles, 98 Eric Hickerson
 

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Kerr wins “Big Daddy 500” at Smoky Mountain Speedway

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(Maryville, TN) June 16th, 2018 – The Blount Motorsports Racing Team based out of Maryville, Tennessee have not had a very good season by their own standards. The team has had a rough season with wrecked cars, mechanical issues, and a broken generator in their hauler. With the addition of Casey Roberts in the Blount Motorsports House car, many fans were expecting to see him in victory lane at the beginning of the 2018 season. However, that was not the case. The first win the team picked up on the 2018 season finally came in June this past Saturday night. It wasn’t Roberts that won the race though, it would be his teammate Tommy Kerr. The Maryville, Tennessee driver has been racing with Blount Motorsports part time for the past few years, mostly racing at Smoky Mountain and a few other East Tennessee tracks on select nights. Kerr would capture the first 2018 win for Blount Motorsports leading all 40 laps, and holding off his teammate Roberts, in the $5,000 to win Southern All Star Series sanctioned “Big Daddy 500” race at Smoky Mountain Speedway.
28 cars were signed in for the $5,000 to win race. The top five qualifiers in each group would lock themselves into the feature. Tommy Kerr would set quick time in Group A and fast time overall with a 17.127 second lap. Also locking themselves into the 40-Lap feature were T.J Reaid, Steven Roberts, Southern All Stars Series points leader Jay Scott, and Colbert, GA driver Kenny Collins.
Multiple time Southern All Stars Series champion Riley Hickman would be the fastest qualifier in Group B with a lap of 17.346 seconds around the fast, high banked dirt oval. Casey Roberts, Stacy Boles, Dakotah Knuckles, and Vic Hill would join Hickman and be locked into the feature.
There would be two B-Mains with the Top 6 finishers advancing to the feature. Cory Hedgecock would win B-Main 1 over Brad Skinner, Shanon Buckingham, Robby Moses, Bobby Giffin, and Ray McElhieney.
The second B-Main would be won by Paducah, Kentucky driver Tanner English. Joining him in the feature would be Ryan King, David Crabtree, Eric Hickerson, Van Lester, and Joseph Faulkner.
Mark Dodson and Tommy Taylor would gain the Southern All Stars Series provisionals and would start on the last row for the 40-lap, $5,000 to win feature.
When the Big Daddy 500 began, Kerr would set the pace early and jump out to the lead on lap 1 over Riley Hickman and Casey Roberts. A few laps later, Stacy Boles would pass T.J Reaid for 5th place. Kerr would begin to enter the tail end of the lead lap on lap 7 but the first caution of the race would fly for Vic Hill, who had a flat left rear tire.
Kerr would have no difficulties on the restart as he would once again jump out to the lead. On lap 12, Cory Hedgecock would pass Jay Scott and Reaid to get into the Top 5. At the halfway mark, Kerr would still lead as Boles and Hedgecock would battle for 4th with Hedgecock winning the battle. The second caution of the evening would fly at the halfway mark on Lap 20 for Ray McElhieney, who stalled his machine in Turn 2.
On the restart, Kerr would once again maintain the lead as 15th place starting Shannon Buckingham would charge through the field and be in 6th and two laps later he would pass Boles for 5th.
The third and final caution of the race would fall on Lap 22 for a wreck involving T.J Reaid, Steven Roberts, and Brad Skinner. This would once again bunch up the field as Steven Roberts would be the only driver to continue.
On the restart, Casey Roberts would make a power move to get around Riley Hickman for 2nd place while Buckingham would get around Hedgecock for 4th place. Kerr would continue to lead the race as lap by lap, his teammate Casey Roberts would gain a little ground. With 5 laps to go, Kerr would find himself in heavy lapped traffic and allowed Roberts to catch up to his Blount Motorsport teammate. With 2 laps to go, Roberts was able to get under Kerr in turns 1 & 2 and briefly held the lead going down the backstretch. Unfortunately for Casey Roberts, a lapped car was running his line in Turns 3 & 4 so Roberts would have to check up and this allowed Tommy Kerr to get around Roberts and take the checkered flag. Tommy Kerr would win a $5,000 paycheck with his teammate Casey Roberts finishing second. Shanon Buckingham would pass Riley Hickman on the last lap to finish 3rd, and Cory Hedgecock would round out the top 5.
This was a night Blount Motorsports needed as they capped off a 1-2 finish. Hopefully this gives them momentum to have more strong finishes for the rest of the season.
Feature Finish:
  1. 4T Tommy Kerr- Maryville, TN
  2. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  3. 50 Shanon Buckingham- Morristown, TN
  4. R1 Riley Hickman- Ootelwah, TN
  5. 9 Cory Hedgecock- Loudon, TN
  6. 11B Stacy Boles- Clinton, TN
  7. 27j Jay Scott- Fayetteville, TN
  8. 1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  9. 96 Tanner English- Paducah, KY
  10. 21k Dakotah Knuckles- Ewing, VA
  11. 98 Eric Hickerson- Linden, TN
  12. 1G Ryan King- Seymour, TN
  13. c5 David Crabtree- Maryville, TN
  14. 111 Steven Roberts- Sylvester, GA
  15. 25 Joseph Faulkner- Flintville, TN
  16. 50 Van Lester
  17. 32 Mark Dodson- Caledonia, MS
  18. 21m Robby Moses- Maryville, TN
  19. 41 T.J Reaid- Acworth, GA
  20. 17r Brad Skinner- Spring Hill, TN
  21. 20 Ray McElhieney- Pulaski, TN
  22. 10T Tommy Taylor- Lascassas, TN
  23. 97 Bobby Giffin- Maryville, TN
  24. 1 Vic Hill- Moshiem, TN
The next Southern All Stars Dirt Late Model Series Race will be Saturday, June 23rd at Senoia Raceway for the Mike Head Jr. Memorial paying $5,454 to win. This race will be a 54 lap feature as it will be the second trip to Senoia Raceway for the Southern All Stars.
Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine

Knowles Sweeps the Night, Wins 525 Super Series Race a Smoky Mountain

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(Maryville, TN) June 16, 2018 – The Chevrolet Performance Parts 525 Series made its first trip to Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN Saturday night for a $3,000 to win, 40-Lap feature. In his first trip o Smoky Mountain Speedway since 2006, Rome, GA driver Jake Knowles would find himself in victory lane after setting fast time and leading all 40 laps.
Preliminary action began as 17 525 Super Late Models signed in. Knowles would set fast time in time trials with a 17.362 lap around the Tennessee speedplant. The top 10 drivers would be locked into the feature based off of time trials. Joseph Brown, Chip Brindle, Ronnie Johnson, Chase King, Cruz Skinner, Zach Pilcher, Landon Bagby, Dalton Polston, and Dale Thurman would join Knowles as the top 10 qualifiers.
There would be one heat race that would determine starting positions 11-17, Oliver Gentry would win the heat race and start the feature 11th.
The 40 lap feature began with Knowles jumping out to the front over Brown and Brindle. Chase King would pass Ronnie Johnson for 4th place on lap 3 and two laps later on lap 5, Knowles would already be in lapped traffic.
The field would begin to spread out as the track began to lock down and it was hard for any drivers to gain ground. The first and only caution of the race flew on lap 13 for the slow car of Buster Goss.
On the lap 13 restart, Knowles would continue to leave as Johnson would get around King for 4th. Two laps later on lap 15, Zach Pilcher would pass Cruz Skinner and King for the 5th position.
At the halfway mark, Knowles has a solid lead over Brown, Brindle, Johnson, Pilcher, King, Skinner, Bagby, Polston, and Thurman.
The rest of the feature would remain green as the field would spread out. Knowles managed to lead all 40 laps to capture his first Chevrolet 525 Super Series Race this season. Joseph Brown and Chip Brindle would round out the podium.
Feature Finish:
  1. 66 Jake Knowles- Rome, GA
  2. 92 Joseph Brown- Augusta, GA
  3. 17 Chip Brindle- Chatsworth, GA
  4. 85 Ronnie Johnson- Chattanooga, TN
  5. 87 Zach Pilcher- Rome, GA
  6. 44 Chase King- Seymour, TN
  7. 11 Cruz Skinner- Oxford, AL
  8. 19 Landon Bagby- Douglasville, GA
  9. 00 Dalton Polston- Lithia Springs, GA
  10. 03 Oliver Gentry- Newnan, GA
  11. 59 Dale Thurman- Cartersville, GA
  12. 34 Chad Wallace- LaGrange, GA
  13. 24 Barry Goodman- Spring Hill, TN
  14. 35 Scott Hall- Rome, GA
  15. 11D Eric Dalton- Science Hill, TN
  16. 10 Matthew Turner- Dawsonville, GA
  17. 24 Buster Goss- Rome, GA

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Chilton Wins Spring Nationals Finale at Crossville, Wells Takes the Championship

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(Crossville, TN) June 14th, 2018- The 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series concluded Thursday night in Crossville Speedway for a 40-Lap shootout paying $4,000 to win. At the end of the evening, 3rd place starting Michael Chilton would cash in on a $4,000 paycheck and win the Spring Nationals finale. Fellow Kentucky driver Eric Wells from Hazard, KY would win his first career Spring Nationals championship.
This race was a makeup race from the May 24th Spring Nationals Race. The feature was set to take the green flag but it then went on to rain and the feature was rescheduled for Thursday night with a complete restart. If there were new cars that were not at the May 24th race, they would start the feature at the tail end.
There were 20 cars for the May 24th race and last night 15 cars were signed in with two new entries, David Payne out of Murphy, NC and Rusty Ballenger out of Sevierville, TN.
There were 7 drivers that were signed in for the May 24th race that did not attend Thursday night’s race. Brandon Overton, Tyler Bruening, Richard Frost, Dan Tipton, Phil Helton, Caleb Ashby, and Gary McPherson were not in attendance. The drivers in attendance would then move up in their respective rows for the feature.
Casey Roberts and Jason Jameson would share the front row. Jameson set the track record on May 24th with a lap of 11.728 second lap around the 1/3 mile bullring.
There would only be a hot lap session for the Super Late Models before the feature.
When the green flag waved, Casey Roberts would jump out to the lead over Jason Jameson, Chilton, and Aaron Ridley. On lap 2, 6th place starting Eric Wells would pass Ridley for 4th place. One lap later, Chilton would slide under Jameson for the 2nd spot. Roberts would continue to lead the race and maneuver through lap traffic with Chilton in hot pursuit. On lap 11, Chilton would pass the Blount Motorsports House Car of Roberts for the lead. Chilton would then begin to pull away from the field as Jameson would get around Roberts on the outside on Lap 16 for 2nd place. Roberts would then make contact with a lapped car in Turn 3 and spin out, bringing out the first caution of the race.
Chilton would still maintain his lead over Jameson on the restart with Wells and Ridley battling for the 3rd position. At the halfway mark, Chilton would still have a 3 car length lead over Jameson, Wells, Ridley, and Zach Leonhardi. The second caution of the race would fall on lap 22 as Ricky Tinch would blow a motor in Turns 3 & 4.
The top 5 cars would remain the same on the restart with Wells and Ridley in a very tight battle for 3rd. Chicky Barton would pass Ryan King for the 6th spot and begin to battle with Leonhardi for 5th. By lap 25, Casey Roberts would already be back in the top 10 in the 7th spot.
With 8 laps to go, the 7th place running car of Roberts would slow off of Turn 4 with a flat left rear tire bringing out the 3rd caution of the Spring Nats feature. He would have a fender rub and go to the hot pits for a new left rear tire and he would once again tag the tail end of the lead lap for the restart.
Chilton and Jameson would battle for the lead as Chilton would run the low grove while Jameson would maneuver his car around the high side of the track. The fourth and final caution would wave on lap 33 for 6th place running Chicky Barton. Barton would make contact with Zach Leonhardi as they were battling for 5th and he would spin his car in Turn 1. Casey Roberts bad night would continue as he would spin out while checking up along with Kenny Cobble.
All cars would be able to continue as the cars would then line up single file on the restart. Chilton would once again hold about a car length lead over Jameson. Wells and Ridley would continue to have an amazing battle for 3rd place and Zach Leonhardi would have his hands full as he would battle with Jadon Frame to keep the 5th position. With 5 laps to go, Frame would briefly take the 5th spot over Leonhardi but one lap later Leonhardi would take back the top 5 spot.
With 2 laps to go, Jameson would catch Chilton but could not get the momentum to get around Chilton.
Chilton would take the checkers and the $4,000 paycheck. Jameson would take second and Eric Wells would round out the podium & capture the 2018 Spring Nationals championship. Aaron Ridley and Zach Leonhardi would round out the top 5. Jadon Frame, Chicky Barton, David Payne, Casey Roberts, and Rusty Ballenger would complete the top ten.
Eric Wells out of Hazard, Kentucky would win the 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Spring Nationals championship. Wells would win $5,053 for winning the mini-series title.
Feature Finish:
  1. 97 Michael Chilton- Salvisa, KY
  2. 12 Jason Jameson- Lawrenceburg, IN
  3. 18 Eric Wells- Hazard, KY
  4. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  5. 24 Zach Leonhardi- Cartersville, GA
  6. J8 Jadon Frame- Winchester, TN
  7. 8 David Payne- Murphy, NC
  8. 144 Chicky Barton- Middlesboro, KY
  9. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  10. 1GR Rusty Ballenger- Sevierville, TN
  11. 86 Jeff Neubert- Rockford, TN
  12. 31 Kenny Cobble- Cookeville, TN
  13. 7G Craig Greer- Cleveland, TN
  14. 1G Ryan King- Seymour, TN
  15. T92 Ricky Tinch- Deer Lodge, TN
2018 Schaffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Final Standings
  1. Eric Wells- 1,502 points
  2. Aaron Ridley- 1,448
  3. Zach Leonhardi- 1,440
  4. Casey Roberts- 1,436
  5. Chicky Barton- 1,186
  6. Ryan King- 1,180
  7. David Payne- 1,038
  8. Jason Jameson- 906
  9. Brandon Kinzer- 826
  10. Donald McIntosh- 770

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


STL Motorsport Magazine to Cover Summit Modified Summer Nationals Tour

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(St. Louis, MO) June 10, 2018 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – We are excited to announce that we will be the preferred media partner for the 2018 Dirt Car Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals. It all starts on Wednesday night at Peoria Speedway, Mike Harrison will start to defend his 2017 Summer Nationals title.

STL Motorsport Magazine will be at most of the tour events over the next month and half. We will provide exclusive content each night of the tour. From driver interviews to victory lane content each night you will be close to all the action.  Tyson Graves, Content Manager said “We are excited and grateful for the opportunity to promote and support the greatest Summer tour in the Midwest. The modified drivers on this tour are the best in the country and we hope to give them the great exposure on all our social media outlets.”

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for all the EXCLUSIVE content. Go and give our pages a follow. Also go and follow @DIRTcar_Racing & @SummerNationals on Twitter and Facebook for updates on the tour.

To see the full tour schedule go to http://www.modifiednationals.com.


We Are Family….Are We Not?

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Editorial Article by Kevin Howdeshell

We hear it every week.
“NASCAR sucks”
“That track was rutty”
“I’m glad so and so wrecked”
The level of discontent among racers and fans seems to be at an all-time high in all levels of the sport. From start times, to divisions that are racing and even special events for kids, it seems everyone has something to complain about. Have we lost sight of why we started this deal in the first place?

The sport that we “love” is in trouble on many fronts, of that there is no doubt. What are some of the legitimate issues plaguing motorsports?
Is it cost? Low car counts? Low purse money? All of the above certainly impact racing as a whole at the most base level.
Is it possible that we are our own worst enemy? That we cut our own throats by expressing discontent excessively on social media? Think about it. If Jim and Sally have never been to a race and somehow stumbled upon a local event (not due to promotion because it seems we only preach to those who are already race fans on social media), and they research the facility or event and find ONLY complaining about the sport we ‘love’, why would they come? I mean, you NEVER see Cardinals fans OR EVEN VISITORS talk about a bad event or facility. They talk about how much fun they had. And isn’t fun why we started all this? Where did it go?
There are many ways we shoot ourselves in the foot on a weekly basis. From track photographers and announcers going live on Facebook for the features each week essentially giving away the show for free, to others not knowing the names of an entire class of racers at the track they’re hired to shoot every week, to complaining about a promoter trying to combine classes to build that segment of racing, we hold the blame for where we are.
We could speak on racing snobbery and how it is killing us, but I’ll save that. Just remember, the Pro4 racer and the Late Model racer both pay the same gate fee and deserve the same respect.

With that being said, I issue a challenge to my racing family. For the next 30 days, I’d like to see you all talking positively about the sport you love. I don’t care if it’s a great race or the best dirt fries around – be positive! Promote YOUR sport more than you talk about the baseball or hockey team. They surely don’t need fans like your team does!

If there is one word that best describes this thing that we do, it’s family. And it’s time we started acting like it again. I don’t have to love what you do to support you, and I hope you feel the same. Because at the end of the day, there is one word that describes us all. “Racer”

Kevin Howdeshell, STL Motorsport Magazine


It’s Fergy Time, Chris Conquers the Clash

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Photo: Justin Olmsted

(Gaffney, SC)May 27, 2018 – For race number five on their 2018 season the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series invaded Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC for a Memorial Day weekend Sunday night special. Nineteen racers signed in to compete in the 40 lap clash for a $5,000 prize.

          After completion of Hot Laps Benji Hicks was atop the speed chart with a 15.163. In qualifying his time improved to 15.014 which was quick enough for the Parks Heat & Cooling $100 Fast Time Award. Joining Hicks in the top five were Chris Ferguson 15.035, Johnny Pursley 15.041, Joey Coulter 15.186 & Anthony Sanders 15.262.

          A quick caution on lap 2 plagued the start when multiple cars tangled in turn 2. Benji Hicks commanded the “Dixie double-file” restart & led the first few laps with ease until Chris Ferguson reeled him in as they began to work lapped traffic. On lap 15 Ferguson completed the pass & Joey Coulter moved up to second on the next lap. Ross Bailes was the driver to watch for the next 15 laps as he almost dropped outside of the top ten then rebounded and passed multiple cars working his way up to fifth by lap 29. On lap 32 Brett Hamm slowed on the backstretch bringing out the second yellow of the the race setting up a nine lap shootout.

          Mt. Holly, NC’s Chris Ferguson held of the charging Joey Coulter on the restart & went on to win in his XR1 Rocket Chassis. A solid 4th place finish was strong enough to give Bailes the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series points lead as Adam Yarbrough had a rough night only completing 17 laps & finishing 17th. Next week the series returns to Carolina Speedway Friday, June 1, for the rescheduled Ultimate/ Carolina Clash combination race.

Race Results:

  1. 22 Chris Ferguson Mt. Holly, NC
  2. 2C Joey Coulter Concord, NC
  3. 3 Johnny Pursley Clover, SC
  4. 87 Ross Bailes Clover, SC
  5. 55 Benji Hicks Mt. Airy, NC
  6. 421 Anthony Sanders Spartanburg, SC
  7. 00 Jeff Smith Dallas, NC
  8. 2 Dennis Franklin Gaffney, SC
  9. 39 Greg Clark Stanly, NC
  10. 29 Larry Grube Mauldin, SC
  11. 23 Jimmy McNamara Denver, NC
  12. 03 David Yandle Monroe, NC
  13. 27 James Plemmons Wellford, SC
  14. 2E Jason Edison Lowell, NC
  15. 18 Brett Hamm Newberry, SC
  16. 70 Craig Herndon Grover, NC
  17. 57 Adam Yarbrough Denver, NC
  18. 42 Doug Sanders Springwood, NC
  19. 357 David Todd Abbeville, SC

Justin Olmsted, STL Motorsport Magazine


Maier Picks Up Big Payday in Stock Car Shootout

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Photo: Addison Blair

(Charleston, IL) May 26, 2018 – The second round of the Midwest Street Stock Championship rolled into Charleston Speedway Saturday night for the Stock Car Shootout sponsored by Wildgraphix. Jeremy Nichols of Lovington, IL came into the evening with the Series points lead after his win a week ago at Macon Speedway in the Dean Garland Classic. But 21 other competitors that entered the event Saturday night had their eyes set on the $1,000 top prize and to gain on Nichols in the season long point hunt.

The evening started off with HP Machine qualifying. Same as last week at Macon Jeremy Nichols set overall quick time with a lap of 15.13 seconds. In RacingBids.com Heat race 1 Josh Griffith held off Jason Maier for the win. Heat race 2 brought to you by STL Motorsport Magazine went to Michael Clark out of Merrilville, IN. Dynamic Drivelines Heat race 3 went to Jeremy Nichols.

The top 2 finishers from each heat stopped on the front stretch to draw and see who would start where in the JAZ Products Dash. It was Charleston, IL driver and four time track champion Josh Griffith that drew the number 1 for the start of the dash. Josh was able to keep the rest of the field behind him and cruise to the five lap dash victory. Thomasboro, IL Jason Maier finished 2nd and joined Griffith on the front row for the 30 lap feature paying $1,000 to win.

Prior to the start of the feature event all the cars were brought on the front stretch to a stop and engines shut off. It was during this time that MSSC officials read a statement about a fellow Street Stock racer Brain Dasenbrock from the Decatur, IL area. Earlier in the evening Brain had been involved in a bad wreck at the Peoria Speedway and transported to local hospital. A moment of silence was announced as fellow competitors and fans said prayers from the Dasenbrock family.

The crowd helped give the command to fire the engines and the field rolled around the speedway for pace laps. As the green flag dropped the cars drove off into turn 1 and calamity struck as the pole sitter Josh Griffith spun around went off the track. After going off the track Josh car rolled twice and left him on this top as several other cars spun as well. The race was red flagged as safety officials raced to the upside down machine of Griffith. Josh got out of his car and was ok.

This put Jason Maier in control of the field on a complete restart minus the 97 machine of Josh Griffith. On the restart Jason jumped out to an early lead. There were several cautions in the first few laps as Michael Clark tried to mount a charge on Maier. Jeremy Nichols brought out a caution on lap 4 after an accordion effect in turn 2 got the front runners bottled up and Nichols spun to the infield. This put the point leader Jeremy Nichols to the back of the field with 26 laps to go.

Maier continued to hold off the field towards the middle of the race as drivers Terry Reed and Darrell Dick mounted challenges but could not get around the 99 car of Maier. Jeremy Nichols moved his way through the field as the laps clicked off. Thanks to a couple of cautions in the middle of the race allowing Jeremy to join the leaders. On the last restart Nichols and Jarred Krick both got along side of Jason Maier trying to get by on the inside. Jason powered to the outside and held off Nichols and Krick to pick up the $1,000 payday.

It was the first win of the season for Jason and 1st career MSSC victory. After early race struggles Jeremy Nichols came home second and last year’s defending MSSC Champion Jarred Krick came home 3rd. Darrell Dick and Michael Clark rounded out the top 5.

Next week the Midwest Street Stock Championship moves to Lincoln Speedway for the 2nd Annual Railsplitter 40 on Friday June 1st. Last year Jeremy Nichols won the inaugural Railsplitter 40 and will carry the points lead into the event.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


MSSC Street Series to Invade Charleston Speedway

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May 25, 2018 – This Saturday night May 26th the Midwest Street Stock Championship will roll into the Charleston Speedway for the Street Stock Shootout sponsored by Wildgraphix. The second season of the MSSC started off last weekend with Jeremy Nichols picking up the win in the Dean Garland Memorial at Macon Speedway.

What looks to be a hot weekend temperature wise will mirror the action we expect to see on the track Saturday night. The best Street Stock drivers in the Midwest will battle it out for a $1,000 to win top prize. With several rookies to the Series and returning drivers from last season the point’s battle should start to heat up as the second round gets underway Saturday night.

Jarred Krick won a feature event here earlier in the season but had a strong fight from Attica, IN Megan Erwin, a rookie this year on the tour. Then you throw in the mix local Charleston, IL driver Josh Griffith it will be exciting to see if they can make up some ground in the points on Jeremy Nichols after his last to first run this past weekend at Macon Speedway.

Pit gates open at 3pm and Pill draw closes at 5pm. Hot laps and qualifying right after. Admission is $12, Seniors $10 and $5 for ages 7-12. Go to www.MidwestStreetStock.com/ for all the info on the Series. If you cannot make it to the track a LIVE PPV broadcast is available at www.mssclive.com for $12 for every lap of the action.

This Saturday night will be the first of two trips the Series will make to the Charleston Speedway this year. Later in October the Series will have its season ending finale in the Fifth Annual UMP DIRTcar Stock Car Fall Nationals.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Page Wins Southern All Stars Race at Senoia

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Photo: Trevor Gonzales
(Senoia, GA) May 19, 2018- Race number 5 of the 2018 Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series would roll into Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA for the “Mayhem 40” on the 3/8 Gray Gumbo dirt track with a 40-Lap, $4,000 to win race. When the checkered flag waved, it would be Douglasville, GA driver Michael Page who would pilot his Stinger Chasis, Durham Race Engine, Baird Transport #18x machine in victory lane over Shane Clanton and Aaron Ridley.
25 Super Late Models signed in for the race and preliminary action began with time trials. Qualifying would be split into two groups with the Top 5 qualifiers in each group being locked into the feature.
In Group A, World of Outlaws regular Shane Clanton would set the overall fast time and start on the pole at his home track with a 14.793 lap around the 3/8 mile Gray Gumbo oval. Defending 2017 Southern All Stars champion Austin Horton would be second fastest in Group A followed by Ross Bailes, Clint Smith, and Ashton Winger.
Page would go on to be the fastest car in Group B with a 14.998 second lap and he would start on the outside pole of the 40 lap feature. Aaron Ridley, 13 year old Payton Freeman, Shane Fulcher, and Mason Massey would also lock themselves into the feature by way of time trials.
There would be two, 8 lap B-Mains with the Top 6 finishers transferring on to the feature.
“The Chattanooga Flash” Ronnie Johnson would win B-Main 1 over Larry Harrod, Eric Hickerson, Bubba Pollard, Brad Skinner, and Mark Dodson.
In B-Main 2, current Southern All Stars points leader Jay Scott out of Fayetteville, TN would win. Also transferring to the feature would be Rodney Martin, Ray McElhieney, Lamar Haygood, Kenny Collins, and Glenn Morris.
Eric Granger and Joseph Faulkner would take the SAS series provisionals and start on the last row in 23rd and 24th.
The 40 lap feature came to life with polesitter Shane Clanton leading Lap 1 over Michael Page and Austin Horton. Page would then put a slide job on Clanton in turns 1 & 2 on Lap 2 to take the lead.
The race would stay green as Page would begin to catch the tail end of the field 10 laps in as he lead over Clanton, Horton, Aaron Ridley, and Ross Bailes.
The first caution of the race would fly on Lap 15 for 3rd place running Austin Horton as he would spin in Turns 1 & 2. Horton was trying to pass the lapped car of Brad Skinner but ran out of real estate and spun his car around. This would allow the field to bunch up and Horton would have to go to the tail end of the lead lap.
On the restart, Page would still lead over Clanton as Aaron Ridley and Ross Bailes would battle for 3rd. Clint Smith, Payton Freeman, Ashton Winger, and Ronnie Johnson would all be in a tight battle for positions 5-9.
2 laps later on lap 17, the second caution of the night would come out as Eric Granger and Ray McElhieney would crash on the backstretch into Turn 3.
On the lap 17 restart, Page would once again have a comfortable lead as the Capital Race Cars of Clanton and Ridley would battle for 2nd place. Ronnie Johnson would move up to 4th and Ashton Winger would begin to flex his muscle as he would crack into the top 5.
Page would lead at the halfway point as the third caution of the race would fly out and bring out the Red Flag. Shane Fulcher would spin and collect Austin Horton on the back straightaway. Fulcher’s car would then go airborne but it would not flip and his car would end up landing on all 4 tires. Kenny Collins, Brad Skinner, Mark Dodson, and Rodney Martin would also be involved in the wreck. Fulcher and Horton would be the only cars to retire after the big wreck.
The fourth and final caution flag would wave on the lap 20 restart with Payton Freeman and Rodney Martin collecting each other and spinning in Turn 2. Freeman would not be able to continue as the 13 year old would take his Capital Race Car back to his hauler.
Page would once again get out to the lead on the restart as Ashton Winger would pass Ronnie Johnson for 4th place. The green flag run would continue as Page would enter lapped traffic once again on Lap 30 with 10 laps to go. 5th place running Ronnie Johnson would have a flat tire and pull off the track as the race would continue to stay green.
With 5 laps to go, Clanton would get within half a second of the leader Page but with 2 laps to go, Page would be clear of lapped traffic and take the checkered flag and the $4,000 paycheck leading 39 of the 40 laps. Shane Clanton would finish second and Aaron Ridley would round out the podium finishing third . Ashton Winger and Ross Bailes would complete the top five. Clint Smith, Mason Massey, Jay Scott, Eric Hickerson, and Larry Harrod round out the top ten.
Feature Finish:
  1. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  2. 25 Shane Clanton- Zebulon, GA
  3. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  4. 12 Ashton Winger- Senoia, GA
  5. 87 Ross Bailes- Clover, SC
  6. 44 Clint Smith- Senoia, GA
  7. 15 Mason Massey- Douglasville, GA
  8. 27j Jay Scott- Fayetteville, TN
  9. 98 Eric Hickerson- Linden, TN
  10. 27 Larry Harrod- Plains, GA
  11. 92 Rodney Martin- Cartersville, GA
  12. 21 Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  13. 17r Brad Skinner- Spring Hill, TN
  14. 26 Bubba Pollard- Senoia, GA
  15. 32 Mark Dodson- Caledonia, MS
  16. 85 Ronnie Johnson- Chattanooga, TN
  17. 17H Lamar Haygood- Douglasville, GA
  18. F1 Payton Freeman- Commerce, GA
  19. 29 Shane Fulcher- Thomaston, GA
  20. 16 Austin Horton- Newnan, GA
  21. G9 Eric Granger- Dallas, GA
  22. 20 Ray McElhieney- Pulaski, TN
  23. 25 Joseph Faulkner- Flintville, TN
  24. 27 Glenn Morris- Fayetteville, GA
The next Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series event will be Saturday, May 26th at North Alabama Speedway in Tuscumbia, Alabama with a 40-lap feature paying $4,000 to win.

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Nichols Takes the Dean Garland Classic in MSSC Opener

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(Macon, IL) Saturday night the Midwest Street Stock Championship kicked off the 2018 season at Macon Speedway with the 2nd Annual Dean Garland Classic. Nineteen cars checked in to compete in the 40 lap opener paying $800 to win. This event honoring a great contributor to the Street Stock division through the years did not disappoint.

The night started off with a bang during the first group of HP Machine Qualifiers. Nick Macklin, last years winner of the event came out and broke the track record that had been held since 2009 in the Street Stock division. But that was only the beginning to time trials as in the second group, Jeremy Nichols came out and set an even faster time with a blazing lap of 12.393 seconds. Nichols and Macklin would lead opening ceremonies as they circled the 1/5 mile oval carrying the nation’s colors as the National Anthem was sung.

In heat race action we saw Darrell Dick hold off his son Timmy Dick to take RacingBids.com Heat Race one and lock them into the JAZ Products Dash. STL Motorsport Magazine Heat Race number two was an eventful one as Jeremy Nichols set sail out front until he made hard contact with turn two wall and put him out of the race. Thomasboro, IL driver and Side Bite Designs and Race Wraps Rookie of the Year contender Matt Maier inherited the race lead and went on to win with Josh Griffith in second.

After heat race action we were ready for the JAZ Products dash that would determine the starting 4 spots for the 2nd Annual Dean Garland Classic. Matt Maier jumped out to an early race led in the 5 lap dash. Matt would hold off the veteran Darrell Dick and pick up the pole for the nights forty lap main event. Timmy Dick would be in 3rd and Josh Griffith rounding out the four car field.

This all set the stage for the 2nd Annual Dean Garland Classic. Matt Maier picked the outside line to start the forty lap affair. Matt jumped out to an early lead before the caution flew on lap four. On the restart, it was Timmy Dick who split Maier and Darrell Dick down the back straightaway to take over the top spot.  While all this was going on up front, it was Jeremy Nichols, from the last row, working his way through the field picking off cars one at a time. Timmy Dick held on to the top spot for a majority of the event as Jeremy Nichols made his way into the top five.

After a couple mid and late race cautions, Nichols was able to maneuver his way into the second spot and position himself to go for the win. On the final restart of the night Jeremy was able to get around the 122 of Timmy Dick and would never look back. Jeremy would lead the final fifteen laps and drive into victory lane, picking up the $800 dollar payday and the season opener for the Midwest Street Stock Championship Series.

Nichols would be followed across the line by Timmy Dick, however Dick would later be disqualified for violation of a UMP DIRTcar Stock Car engine rule. Original third place finisher Jerrad Krick was promoted to second, and the rest of the top five was rounded out by Terry Reed, Matt Maier, and Rudy Zaragoza.

The Midwest Street Stock Series will resume action next week at the Charleston Speedway with the Stock Car Shootout paying $1,000 to win this coming Saturday night May 26th.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


HP Machine Qualifying 1 (1 Lap):

  1. 16-Nick Macklin, 00:12.638[2]
  2. 22-Darrel Dick, 00:12.655[3]
  3. 122-Timmy Dick, 00:12.708[1]
  4. 37-Lance Evans, 00:12.943[5]
  5. 1-Robert Cottom, 00:13.070[10]
  6. 10-Don Hilleary, 00:13.235[4]
  7. 67R-Rudy Zaragoza, 00:13.430[6]
  8. 23Z-Shawn Ziemer, 00:13.948[9]
  9. 31-Roy Beal, 00:14.046[7]
  10. 58-Jerit Murphy, NO TIME

HP Machine Qualifying 2 (1 Lap):

  1. J24-Jeremy Nichols, 00:12.393[5];
  2. 7-Josh Griffith, 00:12.705[3]
  3. 7-Matt Maier, 00:12.734[1]
  4. 08-Brian Dasenbrock, 00:12.743[8]
  5. 99K-Jerrad Krick, 00:12.806[9]
  6. 5-Terry Reed, 00:13.153[6]
  7. 24-Justin Crowell, 00:13.444[2]
  8. 73-Wayne Huffman III, 00:13.474[4]
  9. X7-Larry Russell, 00:13.642[7]

RacingBids.com Heat 1 (10 Laps):

  1. 22-Darrel Dick, [2]
  2. 122-Timmy Dick, [3]
  3. 10-Don Hilleary, [6]
  4. 16-Nick Macklin, [1]
  5. 67R-Rudy Zaragoza, [7]
  6. 23Z-Shawn Ziemer, [8]
  7. 31-Roy Beal, [9]
  8. (DNF) 37-Lance Evans, [4]
  9. (DNS) 1-Robert Cottom
  10. (DNS) 58-Jerit Murphy

STL Motorsports Magazine Heat 2 (10 Laps):

  1. 7-Matt Maier, [3]
  2. 97-Josh Griffith, [2]
  3. 99K-Jerrad Krick, [5]
  4. 5-Terry Reed, [6]
  5. 24-Justin Crowell, [7]
  6. 73-Wayne Huffman III, [8]
  7. 08-Brian Dasenbrock, [4]
  8. X7-Larry Russell, [9]
  9. (DNF) J24-Jeremy Nichols, [1]
  10. (DNF) 53-Kipp Schaefer, [10]

JAZ Products Dash (5 Laps):

  1. 7-Matt Maier, [2]
  2. 22-Darrel Dick, [1]
  3. 122-Timmy Dick, [3]
  4. 97-Josh Griffith, [4]

A Feature (40 Laps):

  1. J24-Jeremy Nichols, 23:11.546[18]
  2. 99K-Jerrad Krick, 23:15.634[6]
  3. 5-Terry Reed, 23:15.946[8]
  4. 7-Matt Maier, 23:17.127[1]
  5. 67R-Rudy Zaragoza, 23:18.429[9]
  6. 22-Darrel Dick, 23:20.221[2]
  7. 97-Josh Griffith, 23:21.552[4]
  8. 24-Justin Crowell, 23:22.483[10]
  9. 08-Brian Dasenbrock, 23:22.662[14]
  10. 10-Don Hilleary, 23:12.211[5]
  11. 23Z-Shawn Ziemer, 23:12.751[11]
  12. 73-Wayne Huffman III, 23:24.423[12]
  13. 31-Roy Beal, 23:14.459[13]
  14. (DNF) 1-Robert Cottom, 09:14.204[17]
  15. (DNF) X7-Larry Russell, 09:17.099[16]
  16. (DNF) 16-Nick Macklin, 08:05.714[7]
  17. (DNS) 37-Lance Evans, 08:05.714
  18. (DNS) 58-Jerit Murphy, 08:05.714
  19. (DNS) 53-Kipp Schaefer, 08:05.714
  20. (DQ) 122-Timmy Dick, 23:13.164[3]

Contingency Award Winners:

  • $100 PEM Racing Gift Certificate: Jerrad Krick
  • $50 Full Auto Racing Supply Gift Certificate: Terry Reed
  • Buy One Get One Landrum Performance Springs Gift Certificate: Matt Maier
  • $100 COMP Cams Gift Certificate: Rudy Zaragoza
  • $100 BrakeOMeter Gift Certificate: Darrell Dick
  • $100 DRIVEN Racing Oil Gift Certificate: Josh Griffith
  • $100 AutoMeter Gift Certificate: Don Hilleary
  • $75 Dynamic Drivelines Gift Certificate: Wayne Huffman III
  • $25 RockAuto.com Gift Certificate: Nick Macklin

MSSC Championship Point Standings

Position Driver Points Points Behind
1. Jeremy Nichols 100 —–
2. Jerrad Krick 98 -2
3. Terry Reed 96 -4
4. Matt Maier 94 -6
5. Rudy Zaragoza 92 -8
6. Darrell Dick 90 -10
7. Josh Griffith 88 -12
8. Don Hilleary 86 -14
9. Wayne Huffman III 84 -16
10. Roy Beal 82 -18

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MSSC HP Machine Fast Time Point Standings

Position Driver Points Points Behind
1. Jeremy Nichols 100 —–
2. Nick Macklin 99 -1
3. Darrell Dick 98 -2
4. Josh Griffith 97 -3
5. Matt Maier 96 -4

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MSSC JAZ Products Dash Point Standings

Position Driver Points Points Behind
1. Matt Maier 10 —–
2. Darrell Dick 9 -1
3. Josh Griffith 8 -2

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MSSC Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Point Standings

Position Driver Points Points Behind
1. Jeremy Nichols 17 —–
2. Terry Reed 5 -12
3. Rudy Zaragoza 4 -13
4. Jerrad Krick 4 -13
5. Robert Cottom 3 -14

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MSSC Side Bite Designs and Race Wraps Rookie of the Year Point Standings

Position Driver Points Points Behind
1. Terry Reed 100 —–
2. Matt Maier 98 -2
3. Don Hilleary 96 -4
4. Wayne Huffman III 94 -6
5. Roy Beal 92 -8

Zach Leonhardi Interview: Senoia Raceway- Billy Clanton Classic (5/5/18)

Q: I’m here today interviewing 16 year-old standout driver Zach Leonhardi out of Cartersville, GA. Zach tell us something about yourself that people don’t really know.

A: That’s a tricky one. I don’t know. Not many people know that I race cars but I guess since we’re on this deal everyone knows that. So, I don’t have my drivers license, I guess that’s something. I race cars but I don’t have my drivers license. People think that’s pretty funny.

Q: The last big race you were in you finished top 5 on both nights (Spring Nats races on March 30 & 31) you were racing against the likes of Scott Bloomquist and Dale McDowell. How does it feel to be racing as a 16 year old, you look to your left and you’re not getting lapped by, but you’re actually racing for position with someone who is that high caliber of a racer?

A: Yeah it’s pretty cool to be racing with them. I raced with Scott Bloomquist twice. The first time it was here at Senoia, he struggled a little but he was still about a straightaway ahead of me and then I went to East Alabama and he lapped me there. In the last race, I knew I was running about 4th here when I saw the big blank mark come up on the scoreboard, I knew someone was coming. It’s really cool racing with those guys because not a lot of people get to race with them and most people get lapped by them. So it was pretty cool to race side by side with him for a couple of laps and you can’t complain when you get beat by Scott Bloomquist.

Q: How would you describe in your own words how the 2018 season has gone for you so far?

A: It’s been up and down. We were really solid and didn’t have anything crazy happen until the two top 5 races we had with the Spring Nats at Senoia. But the weekend before that, we thought our season was in trouble because we had problems at East Alabama and got taken out in the heat race and got the front clipped but Clint (Clint Smith) looked at it and thought he could straighten it out. So we straightened everything out the best we could and we came here for the Spring Nats Race and I really didn’t have any expectations for the races but we ended up running 5th both nights so I figured we’d go along with it. Since then, we had the two nights in Tennessee at Tazewell and Volunteer with the Spring Nats weren’t too good but the next weekend in Kentucky was really good for us so it’s been a pretty good season to start off with.

Q: Speaking of the Spring Nationals, you’ve ran every single race so far on the tour and you are currently 2nd in the series standings. Are you planning to run the 4 remaining races of the series?

A: Yeah we’re planning on it. We originally weren’t going to but after the 2 nights at Senoia, we went into Tazewell knowing if we showed up we’d be the points leader because Scott Bloomquist and Clint Smith weren’t running the tour. So I figured we could go to Tennessee and see how we came out there and the finishes weren’t very good because we were struggling at these race tracks. They were a lot different than what we were used to and also we had parts failures and other stuff as well. We came out with 16th and 17th place finishes. If the other guys running the series didn’t struggle as well, we probably wouldn’t have kept going. Roberts (Casey Roberts) had a bad night and Ridley (Aaron Ridley) had two bad nights too so we went into the weekend first in standings and came out 3rd so we decided to keep going into Kentucky and Kentucky went really well for us.

Q: The final four races will occur in four days. Crossville on Thursday May 24th, Boyd’s Friday, May 25th, Dixie on May 26th, and the series finale at Rome on May 27th. How do you feel about that hectic of a racing schedule?

A: Yeah it’ll be a little bit tricky but I’m looking forward to it. The only track I haven’t been to before is Crossville. I’ve been to Boyd’s and I struggled there my very first year racing but we’ve gotten better there since then. I’ve only been to Dixie once and it was my first ever race in a Late Model so I don’t have a lot of experience there. Rome I like a whole lot but I have a love/hate relationship with that place.

Q: Besides Senoia, what has been your favorite track to race on while running the Spring Nats tour?

A: Ponderosa (KY). Florence (KY) probably has the best racing but to drive on Ponderosa was a lot of fun. It’s about the same size as Senoia but it’s really really wide and circular and you can maintain your momentum. It’s a lot of fun to make laps around that place.

Q: Now that we talked about your favorite track on the Spring Nats tour, what was your least favorite track and the most challenging one for you?

A: Probably Tazewell because I’ve never been anywhere with that much banking on it and I don’t think there’s anywhere else that has banking like that. A place like Senoia is flat and really slick and at Tazewell it’s wide open and banked like a NASCAR track so it was a really big challenge and adapting to it was really hard.

Q: Do you have any sponsors you’d like to give a shoutout to?

A: Yes, EDI, NAPA of Kennesaw, CSR Auto, Tray Sees Photography, Finishmaster, GW Performance, and FK Rod Ends.

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


MSSC Set to Kickoff the 2018 Season

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                                    Photo: Addison Blair

(Tuscola, IL) May 15, 2018 – The sophomore season for the Midwest Street Stock Championship Series is set to get underway this Saturday at Macon Speedway with the Dean Garland Classic. Lincoln Speedway was the slated opener last month but cold and wintry weather put a damper on that event and it had to be rescheduled. After four different winners in seven events in 2018, many street stock drivers are itching to see the series start this Saturday night. Many drivers have been out at the tracks in the area getting their cars dialed in to compete in the twelve race series this year. Adding four new tracks to the series in 2018 has series organizers Tony Hubert and Greg Osman excited at the expansion in only its second year.

There are several additions to the MSSC schedule in 2018. Four new tracks will host events this summer including a big stop during the UMP Summer Nationals at The Dirt Oval in Joliet. The MSSC Street Stocks will be on the card along with Late Models and Open Wheel Modifieds on Saturday Night June 16th. Other tracks added this year are Jacksonville Speedway, Kankakee Speedway and a Friday night at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in July.

Other new additions to 2018 are a series announcer. Tyson Graves from STL Motorsport Magazine and track announcer at Farmer City Raceway will be calling all the action this summer at each of the series events. Also the LIVE Pay Per View for the MSSC will be previewing in 2018. 10 of the 12 events will be broadcasted LIVE on the Midwest Street Stock Championship Series website. Go to www.mssclive.com for the list of LIVE streamed events and pricing for 2018. Season long packages are also available.

Many drivers got a taste of what this season may hold a couple weeks ago at the Earl J Hubert Memorial at Fairbury American Legion Speedway where the event ran on MSSC rules and format. The memorial race to honor the grandfather of series organizer Tony Hubert, was an exciting event for the fans and drivers alike. Pete Odell took the $2,000 to win payday in one of the most prestigious street stock events of the season.

The inaugural year of the Midwest Street Stock Championship Series saw Indiana’s Jerrad Krick take the top spot in the season long standings. To show the competitiveness and diversity of this series Krick did not have a feature victory on the season in the MSSC but his consistency gave him the 2018 title. Krick won 7 heat races and 2 dashes on his way to the season title. This weekend the series will return to Macon Speedway where we saw Nick Macklin win in the series only stop last year.

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                            Photo: Addison Blair

2018 looks to be a breakout season for the MSSC. With eleven rookies, the expansion of the schedule and a lot of buy in from local drivers it is bound to be a very exciting season. The diversity of the drivers this year will make it very interesting and hard to predict who will come out on top each and every night. Top rookies to keep an eye on this year will be the young Megan Erwin out of Attica, IN. With many years of racing under her belt in go-karts she looks to try her skills on the MSSC tour. Thomasboro, IL Maier family will also be joining the tour in 2018. Jason and Matt have shown speed so far in 2018 and will look to mix things up with the series regulars from last season.

Pre-season expectations for the MSSC are high. With his hot start Jeremy Nichols has to be one of the favorites to take the 2018 title. With wins already at Jacksonville and Macon early in the season and a strong run in the Earl J Hubert Memorial before a tangle with a lap car, Jeremy has shown a lot of speed. Don’t be surprised if he adds some more wins to his 2 series wins from 2017.

When you talk about sleepers for 2018 title let’s not forget about Nick Macklin. Nick won the Dean Garland Memorial race at Macon Speedway last year. Nick also ran well in the Earl J Hubert Memorial race starting 10th and coming home with a 4th place finish. Another name mentioned was the driver they call the Highside Hillbilly Don Hilleary. Don picked up a feature win at Farmer City Raceway already this year and has shown some speed in early season events.

When we think about surprises for 2018 look no further than Megan Erwin. This past weekend Megan flirted with a win at Charleston Speedway. She set fast time and ran in the top 3 of the feature all night long. Look for Megan to shake things up this year and turn a few heads.

The most exciting race anticipated for 2018 was a tough one to make. The small oval of the Mighty Macon Speedway always produces some action. The season opener could be one the most exciting races of the year. But new to series this year, Kankakee Speedway could produce some great racing action. In the past other series’ have had some exciting finishes at the track. And one more track that always seems to have great racing is the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. The Earl J Hubert Memorial already produced some exciting action with 3 wide racing and a surprise winner.

With new tracks on the schedule this year, Joliet and Champaign will be two races on the schedule to look forward to. With being on the outskirts of the big city, part of the UMP Summer Nationals and across the street from Chicagoland Speedway the stop on June 16th to the Dirt Oval will be one not to miss. Also don’t forget the historic feel we will be in for as the series goes to the Champaign County Fairgrounds on July 20th as part of the Champaign County Fair. It has been awhile since we have seen stock cars compete at the historic grounds. They will also run with the open wheel sprint cars that evening. Come get some fair food and enjoy the old time feel on the fairground’s oval.

There are a lot of unknown things that will unfold as we move through the 2018 Midwest Street Stock Championship Series season. As new media partner STL Motorsport Magazine is excited to join in with series photographer Addison Blair and the PPV team to help bring you all the exciting coverage of the MSSC this year. Get out to Macon Speedway this Saturday evening to see the season get underway or come to one the events listed below:

Date Track Race
19-May Macon, IL Dean Garland Classic
26-May Charleston, IL Stock Car Shootout
2-Jun Lincoln, IL Railsplitter 40
16-Jun Joliet, IL Chicagoland 20
23-Jun Fairbury, IL FALS Flash 20
14-Jul Peoria, IL Dirty 30
20-Jul Champaign, IL Chambana 40
3-Aug Farmer City, IL What Up Dog 40
24-Aug Jacksonville, IL James Grant Memorial
1-Sep Peoria, IL River City Rumble
21-Sep Kankakee, IL Dick Potts Memorial
6-Oct Charleston, IL Street Stock Fall Nationals

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Michael Page Wins the Southeastern Classic at Dixie Speedway

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(Woodstock, GA) May 12, 2018- The Southern Nationals Bonus Series rolled into Dixie Speedway on Saturday night for the $5,300 to win Southeastern Classic. When the checkered flag waved, it would be Douglasville, GA driver Michael Page who would take the $5,053 paycheck in a dominating fashion. Page piloted the Baird Transport, Durham Race Engines, Stinger Chassis #18x Car.
27 cars were signed in for the $5,300 to win race and the evening began with qualifying. Qualifying was split into two groups with the Top 5 in each group being locked into the feature. 14-year old young gun Will Roland out of Jasper, GA would set quick time in Group A with a 15.383 second lap around the 3/8 mile clay banked dirt oval. T.J Reaid, Jason Croft, Aaron Ridley, and Ashton Winger would round out the top 5 in Group A qualifying and lock themselves into the 53 lap feature.
Page would go on to set the fast time in Group B qualifying as well as the overall fast time with a lap of 15.273 seconds. This would put Page on the outside pole position for the start of the feature. Austin Smith, “The Chattanooga Flash” Ronnie Johnson, Johnny Chastain, and Eric Granger would also be locked into the feature.
There would be two 10 Lap, B-Mains to set the rest of the field with the top 5 in each B-Main advancing to the feature.
In B-Main one, Toccoa, GA driver Casey Roberts would take the victory in the Blount Motorsports House car over Gray McPherson, Mike McConnell, Casey Turman, and Chicky Barton.
Murphy, NC driver and former Dixie Speedway track champion Shaun Chastain would take his x15 Longhorn Chasis to victory in the second B-Main over Justin Shipley, David Payne, Luther Jenkins, and James Roulette.
Georgia drivers Adam Ruff and Wayne Echols would grab the Southern Nationals Bonus Series provisionals and would round out the 22 car field.
At the drop of the green flag, it would be Page who would bolt out into the lead using his outside pole starting position. He would lead lap 1 as he was followed by Roland, Croft, Reaid, and Austin Smith. The first of eight cautions flied on Lap 2 as third place running Jason Croft and 4th place running T.J Reaid would tangle and wreck in Turns 3 & 4. A hopeful night for both drivers would end after only 2 laps. The incident would allow Ronnie Johnson and Johnny Chastain to move up into the Top 5.
On the restart, Page again would start to set a torrid pace on the field as Austin Smith would pass Will Roland for 2nd place and Johnny Chastain would pass Johnson for 4th. On lap 3, Chastain, who stared 8th would find himself in the 3rd position after passing Roland in turns 3 and 4. The second caution would wave the very next lap on lap 4 for Wayne Echols who spun his machine in Turn 2.
On the ensuing restart, 6th place running Aaron Ridley would have a right front flat tire on his Capital Race Car in Turn 2 and being out the 3rd caution of the night. He would get a new tire and go to the tail end of the field
The green flag would wave once again with Page leading and by lap 6, Johnny Chastain would pass Austin Smith for 2nd place. This would be the longest green flag run of the race as Page would continue to lead and enter lap traffic by lap 15. On lap 20, Page would have a 2.3 second lead over Chastain, Smith, Roland, and Johnson. At the halfway mark on lap 27, Page would have a full straightaway lead over the competition as he would easily get around lapped traffic. On lap 28, Johnson would finally get around Roland for the 4th spot.
After a 27 lap green flag run, the 4th caution of the night would fly out for Wayne Echols again as he would slow in Turns 1 & 2.
The turning point of the race occurred on the lap 27 restart. Austin Smith would attempt to get under Johnny Chastain on the front stretch. They would make contact as Chastain got a flat tire and was off the pace going into turn 1. This caused an accordion effect with the rest of the field as a huge pileup would occur in Turn 1. 8-10 cars were damaged as there was no where to go to avoid the melee. Southern Nationals Bonus Series points leader David Payne, Mike McConnell, 2nd place running Johnny Chastain, and his brother Shaun Chastain would get the worst of the wreck and all would be done for the evening. Aaron Ridley, Luther Jenkins, Casey Turman, and Austin Smith were all able to continue with damage on their race cars.
After a red flag delay due to the track being blocked, 3rd place running Johnson would jump the restart and take off too early. That would bring out the 6th caution of the race and it was just a warning for the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame inductee.
Page would once again rocket his Stinger Chasis race car with a comfortable lead as Johnson would take 2nd away from Smith. Eric Granger would begin to flex his muscle a bit as he would pass Roland for the 4th position on the same lap.
Page would open up a 3 second lead over Johnson on lap 40 and 2 laps later, Page would be back at the tail end of the lead lap lapping cars. Page continued to lead as the 7th caution of the race would fly with 5 laps to go for the slow car of Casey Turman.
It looked like there would be a 5 lap shootout for $5,053 as once again, Page would regain his comfortable lead and begin to set sail. The path was clear until with 3 laps to go as Adam Ruff would spin on the front stretch bringing out the 8th and final caution flag of the race.
There would be no challenge from anyone else and Page would set a blistering pace on the final restart and survive an attrition filled race and garner a $5,053 paycheck with Ronnie Johnson finishing second and Austin Smith finishing third. Eric Granger and Will Roland would settle for top 5 finishes while Ashton Winger, Gary McPherson, Casey Roberts, Justin Shipley, and Luther Jenkins would round out the top 10.
The next Southern National Bonus Series races will be this weekend on Friday, May 18th at Lake Cumberland Speedway with a $4,000 to win race and on Saturday, May 19th as Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Kentucky with a big $10,000 to win race. Go out and support your local dirt track!
Feature Finish:
  1. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  2. 85 Ronnie Johnson- Chattanooga, TN
  3. 84 Austin Smith- Rome , GA
  4. G9 Eric Granger- Dallas, GA
  5. 22 Will Roland- Jasper, GA
  6. 12 Ashton Winger- Senoia, GA
  7. 29m Gary McPherson- Dalton, GA
  8. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  9. 08 Justin Shipley- Douglasville, GA
  10. 3 Luther Jenkins- Waleska, GA
  11. 144 Chicky Barton- Middlesboro, KY
  12. 7r Adam Ruff- Dallas, GA
  13. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  14. 18 Casey Turman- Lafayette, GA
  15. 00 Johnny Chastain- Murphy, NC
  16. x15 Shaun Chastain- Murphy, NC
  17. 8 David Payne- Murphy, NC
  18. 119 Mike McConnell- Ball Ground, GA
  19. 19 Wayne Echols- Cumming, GA
  20. 05 James Roulette- Dawsonville, GA
  21. 9 Jason Croft- Woodstock, GA
  22. 41 T.J Reaid- Acworth, GA

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


ANNOUNCEMENT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(St. Louis, MO) May 7, 2018 – STL Motorsport Magazine is excited to announce a new partnership with MARS Racing Series, we have reached an agreement naming STL Motorsport Magazine as the new media partner for the series in 2018.

The MARS Racing Series was purchased and taken over by Chris Tilley at the end of 2017. Chris, already involved with the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern National’s Series with Ray Cook, purchased the MARS Racing Series from Clarksville Speedway Promotor William Scrogin after the Performance Racing Industry show last December. The 2018 MARS Racing Series kicked off at Clarksville Speedway back in March with the Annual Toilet Bowl Classic. A huge weekend of racing is on tap for the coming weekend for the Series with a pair of $10,000 to win races at Farmer City Raceway Friday and Fairbury American Legion Speedway on Saturday night.

“We appreciate STL Motorsport Magazine in becoming a new media partner for 2018 with the MARS Racing Series. The updates they provide and information for a ton of races really helps the growth of our sport. We’re excited about what 2018 will bring” said series director Chris Tilley.

STL Motorsport Magazine has already been on the scene covering all the MARS events so far in 2018. “With an already established relationship with Schaeffer’s Oil, another partner to the MARS Series it just made sense for us to partner” said STL Motorsport Magazine founder Kevin Howdeshell. Kevin also stated, “STL Motorsport Magazine is committed to the rebirth and regrowth of the MARS Racing Series in 2018, STL Motorsport Magazine strives to bring excellence in motorsports coverage to the grassroots fan, as well as national motorsports content.”

Content Manager Tyson Graves said “I am excited for us to partner with such a great series in 2018. Chris Tilley is a great director and great promotor of the sport. We look forward to being at the track helping cover their events.”

You can go to www.marsracingseries.com and www.stlmotomag.com to see the 2018 MARS Schedule. Follow MARS Series on Facebook and on Twitter @RACEMARS

Stay tuned to STL Motorsport Magazine website and social media outlets for all the news, results, and special content on the MARS Racing Series in 2018.

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Unzicker Hits Ground Running in 2018

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(Tuscola, IL) May 9, 2018 – Last year 2017 ended with a bang for the driver out of El Paso, IL they call the “The El Paso Express.” Ryan Unzicker ended last season on a hot streak that led him to a second place finish in the National UMP Late Model Series points. After rolling off several feature wins in a row at home tracks Farmer City Raceway, Fairbury American Legion Speedway, Peoria Speedway and even a win at Tri-City Speedway Ryan moved himself into a shot at the UMP Title in 2017. He lost to a very slim margin to Rayburn house car driver Rusty Schlenk.

Ryan’s efforts did not leave him without some accomplishments of his own on the local scene. He won the track points titles at both Farmer City Raceway and Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Unzicker clicked off 19 feature wins in 2017 with his Pierce Platinum chassis and Pro Power machine. Ryan ended the season riding a giant wave of momentum.

Well 2018 so far has been good to the El Paso, IL driver. In the last 2 weeks Ryan has won 3 features, two at Farmer City Raceway and one at Fairbury American Legion Speedway. And to add to these awesome stats he also finished a very close second at Macon Speedway in the April 27th Lucas Oil Late Model Series event. Playing a calm and cool race Ryan set himself up to make a run at Bobby Pierce, the Macon event winner but fell half a car length short at the checkers. Ryan told me after the event how excited and happy he was to come home second in such a stout field of cars.

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The past few seasons Ryan has become a driver to be reckoned with on the Midwest ovals. Ryan has won races at several different tracks and been a contender year in and year out for the Summer Nationals tour and UMP National Titles.  So far in 2018 Unzicker doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. With his experience and having some great equipment I think Ryan is poised to have maybe the biggest season of his career. Talking with Ryan this past weekend he hopes to put a few more pieces together in his program to make a shot at the Summer Nationals title this summer. One of those being another motor in the rotation so he can compete in the full Hell tour schedule.

This weekend the MARS Super Late Model Series rolls into central Illinois for a pair of $10,000 to win shows. Friday night is the 2nd Annual Farmer City 74 at Farmer City Raceway. On Saturday night the series will travel 40 minutes north to the famed Fairbury American Legion Speedway for the 4th Annual FALS Frenzy were Ryan just visited victory lane this past weekend.  Going in to this weekend Unzicker has to be one of the drivers favored to have a shot at bringing home one if not both the big checks on the line.

As we go through 2018 I think Ryan Unzicker could be the breakout Midwest driver in late model racing. I think Ryan will be the favorite heading into the Summer Nationals tour starting in five weeks and I look for Ryan to make some noise in some the big events in the Midwest this summer. Ryan has set the stage for a big season and a huge win in an Prairie Dirt Classic type of event is just around the corner.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Big Money On The Line For Modifieds at Farley This Weekend

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(St. Louis, MO) May 9, 2018 – The pre entry list of Modified drivers reads like a who’s who of Modifieds, including Missouri’s Terry Phillips and Hunter Marriott. 

The “Super Modified Weekend” at the Farley Speedway in Farley, Iowa is truly a national event and drivers from all across the country and Canada have already pre-entered. Two of the nations top Late Model drivers will be there competing against the field of Modified drivers, Scott Bloomquist and Tim McCreadie.

50 laps for $50,000. Yes. A modified race paying 50 GRAND! A huge statement to the status of modified racing in the Midwest! Sportmods are also in action for 30 laps prior to the main event. 

Thursday is open practice. Friday the heats lock the first 12 starting positions into the big show on Saturday in a series of qualifiers for both classes, determined by passing and finishing points from said qualifiers. 

Saturday features LCQs that lock 16 more drivers into each main, bringing the field to 28. Then cones the lottery to determine the 29th and final starting position. 

Non-qualifiers features are before the big shows on Saturday. 

Kevin Howdeshell, STL Motorsport Magazine


The Squirrel Sweeps Illinois

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(Brownstown, IL) May 5, 2018 – No distractions here. Brian Shirley is laser focused coming off a back-to-back weekend sweep at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, IL and Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, IL as the MARS Racing Series kicks off it’s regular season following the opening Tuckasee Toilet Bowl Classic at Clarksville Speedway in March.

“It feels really good to be here right now,” said Shirley in Victory Lane at Brownstown. After a short-lived trek into the national series pool, he’s driving the 3s Bob Cullen Racing machine for the foreseeable future. “We aren’t following any particular schedule but will be somewhere every weekend,” he stated at Tri-City a few weeks ago. 

It seems those plans have changed and he could be running for the MARS Series title.

After starting 4th at BelleVegas to win and setting fast time, then leading every lap for the win at Brownstown, it seems The Squirrel has found his direction.

The MARS Series is back in action this Friday for the Farmer City 74, then Fairbury American Legion Speedway on Saturday.

Results:

1. Brian Shirley

2. Frank Heckenast, Jr.

3. Tanner English

4. Michael Kloos

5. Tim Manville

6. Kent Robinson

7. Gordy Gundaker

8. Myles Moos

9. David Seibers

10. Dean Carpenter

11. Richard Frost

12. Brent McKinnon

13. Dane Dacus

14. Logan Martin

15. Tim Ratajczyk

16. Charlie Cole

17. Caleb Ashby

Kevin Howdeshell, STL Motorsport Magazine


Smokey Takes 4th Annual Billy Clanton Classic

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Photo: Trevor Gonzales
(Senoia, GA) May 5, 2018- The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series completed night number three of their “Southern Swing” at the Billy Clanton Classic at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA. When the dust settled at “The Baddest Bullring of the South”, it was Gray Court, SC and current World of Outlaws points leader Chris “Smoky” Madden who would grab his second series win of 2018, leading all 50 laps and cashing in on a $10,000 paycheck.
32 Super Late Models would sign in for the big $10,000 to win race. Time trials were set into two groups to determine their starting position in the heat races. In Group A, “The Winfield Warrior” Mike Marlar would set fast time with a lap 13.756 around the 3/8 mile track. Hometown favorite and World of Outlaws regular Shane Clanton would be second fastest in Group A followed by local driver Michael Page, making his first career World of Outlaws start, defending World of Outlaws champion Brandon Sheppard, and Donald McIntosh.
Chris Madden would go on to set the fast time in Group B and the overall fast time with a 13.660 lap around the “Gray Gumbo”. Kansas driver Chase Junghans, Austin Horton, Chris Ferguson, and David Breazeale would round out the top 5 in Group B qualifying.
After qualifying, it was found out that Newnan, GA driver Austin Horton had blown an engine in qualifying and he would be a scratch for the remainder of the evening.
There would be four, 10 lap heat races with the top four finishers in each heat advancing to the feature. The top two finishers in each heat would advance to the redraw.
In heat race one, it was all Mike Marlar as he would lead all 10 laps in dominating fashion. Joining Marlar to the redraw would be Dawsonville, GA driver Donald McIntosh. Brandon Sheppard and Timothy Culp would also be locked into the feature.
The second heat race would unofficially be won by 2017 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year Devin Moran. However, Moran was not lined up properly on the outside of the second row at the beginning of the heat race, and he was relegated to finishing 3rd instead of 1st, missing the redraw. Shane Clanton would officially win the heat race followed by Rick Eckert. Both of those drivers would advance to the redraw. The previously mentioned Moran and Michael Page would advance as well and be locked into the feature.
The third heat race would be won by Chris Madden. Mississippi’s David Breazeale would advance to the redraw with Madden. Zach Leonhardi and Ray Cook would grab the final two transfer spots in the heat.
In the fourth and final heat race, Manhattan, KS driver Chase Junghans would set sail in his machine and win with ease over Brandon Overton with Chris Ferguson and Jason Croft also advancing into the feature.
There would be two Last Chance Showdown races to determine the rest of the starting field. In the first Last Chance Showdown, Dale McDowell would lead all 10 laps and win. Texas drivers and World of Outlaws regulars Tyler Erb and Moran Bagley would grab the last transfer spots. In the second and final last Chance Showdown, Lake Elmo, MN driver and 2018 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year Contender Brent Larson would take the win over Mason Massey and Will Roland.
Madden would start on the pole after the redraw with Marlar starting second. Clanton would start third and Junghans would start fourth. Donald McIntosh would draw the fifth place starting spot while Brandon Overton would draw sixth. Rounding out the redraw and starting on row four would be Rick Eckert and David Breazeale.
Blake Spencer and Austin Smith would take the provisionals for the 50 lap feature and start on the last row.
When the green flag waved to begin the Billy Clanton Classic Feature, the yellow flag would immediately wave seconds later with the first caution of the evening. Tyler Erb and Blake Spencer would collect in Turn 1. Spencer would spin while Erb would get a flat left rear tire. Both drivers would continue as Erb would have to start on the last row.
The green flag would wave once again the the 50-Lap feature would begin as Madden would lead the first lap over Marlar, Clanton, Junghans, and McIntosh. On lap 5, Overton would pass McIntosh for 5th. McIntosh would drop to 8th on Lap 8. Madden would begin to hit lapped traffic on lap 9 as Overton would wrestle the 4th position away from Chase Junghans.
On lap 13, Tyler Erb would begin to show he had a very fast car as he would charge all the way into the top 10 after restarting in the very last row. However, his night would end early on lap 15 as he would cut a left rear tire and slam into the wall while battling for 9th with Zach Leonhardi. This would bring out the second caution of the night.
14th starting Michael Page would begin to creep into the picture as his Stinger Chasis 18x machine would be in 9th after starting in the 14th position.
The green flag would once again wave as Madden would still have a commanding lead over Marlar, Clanton, and Overton. The third and final caution of the night would come out on Lap 19 as the Rocket House Car of Brandon Sheppard would slow on the backstretch. He would take his car into the hot pits and be able to continue as he would start at the tail end of the lead lap.
Michael Page would be up to 6th at this point and 17th starting Dale McDowell would be right behind Page in 7th.
On the lap 19 restart, Page would make a huge power move in Turns 3 and 4 by going low almost hitting the inside wall. The move would pay off as he would pass Clanton, Overton, and Junghans and move up to 3rd place in one turn. Madden would continue to lead big over Mike Marlar and by the halfway point, Page would be battling for second with Marlar and on the following lap, Page would pass Marlar for the second position.
On lap 30, Madden would begin to pick apart lap traffic as Page looked to gain ground. One lap later, Dale McDowell would pass Overton and Junghans for the 5th spot.
With 15 to go, Madden would have a one and a half second lead over Page as McDowell would get around Clanton for 4th. On lap 40, McDowell would get around the 157 of Marlar and complete the pass on Lap 41.
For the remaining 9 laps, Madden would maintain a solid lead over Page and McDowell as he would take his #44 Barry Wright House Car to the checkered flag first with a $10,000 paycheck in hand with Page finishing second in his first career World of Outlaws start in his Stinger Chasis, Baird Transport 18x car, and McDowell in third. Mike Marlar would finish fourth and Brandon Overton would finish fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Devin Moran, Shane Clanton, Chase Junghans, Rick Eckert and Brent Larson
Feature Finish:
  1. 44 Chris Madden- Gray Court, SC
  2. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  3. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  4. 157 Mike Marlar- Winfield, TN
  5. 116 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  6. 9 Devin Moran- Dresden, OH
  7. 25 Shane Clanton- Zebulon, GA
  8. 18 Chase Junghans- Manhattan, KS
  9. 7 Rick Eckert- York, PA
  10. B1 Brent Larson- Lake Elmo, MN
  11. 1 Brandon Sheppard- New Berlin, IL
  12. 22 Chris Ferguson- Mt. Holly, NC
  13. 14m Morgan Bagley- Longview, TX
  14. 9 Jason Croft- Woodstock, GA
  15. 54 David Breazeale- Four Corners, MS
  16. 53 Ray Cook- Brasstown, NC
  17. 15 Mason Massey- Douglasville, GA
  18. C8 Timothy Culp- West Monroe, LA
  19. 24 Zach Leonhardi- Cartersville, GA
  20. 84 Austin Smith- Rome, GA
  21. 6 Blake Spencer- St. Augustine, FL
  22. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  23. 22 Will Roland- Jasper, GA
  24. 91 Tyler Erb- New Waverly, TX
Chris Madden currently leads the 2018 World of Outlaws points standings as he holds a 28 point lead over second place Mike Marlar followed by Shane Clanton, Brandon Sheppard, and Rick Eckert.
The next World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Race is this Friday & Saturday, May 11-12th at Fayetteville Motor Speedway in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Preliminary action will begin Friday night with a $25,000 to win race on Saturday night

 

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Mike Marlar Races New “Rocket” To Victory Lane

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(Gaffney, SC) May 4, 2018 –

Following a dusty night at Lavonia Speedway where points leader “Smokey” Chris Madden suffered a DNF & defending champ Brandon Sheppard visited victory lane, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series points lead was tied for the drive north on I-85. Most of the teams toured to Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC meanwhile Madden & the Barry Wright Race Cars team returned home to their shop which is located just a few miles down the road from “The Place Your Mama Warned You About”. Racing at his home track for the $10,000 prize was the catalyst Madden needed to have a strong rebound.

          The Outlaws were joined by hopeful locals to make up a stout 30 car field. Qualifying began shortly after sunset & Chris Ferguson won the PFC Brakes Fast Time Award with a 14.797, almost breaking his own track record. He led a crew of Carolina drivers who qualified inside the top five Johnny Pursley 2nd, Chris Madden 3rd & Ross Bailes 5th. 4th fastest Mike Marlar grabbed the early lead from Ferguson & won the first of three heats. Clover, SC racers Pursley & Bailes finished 1-2 in Heat 2 then the “traveling duo” of Madden & Shane Clanton paired up to command Heat 3. Towing all the way from Lonview, TX Morgan Bagley won the 10 lap Last Chance Showdown and the 2 provisional spots were filled by Tyler Erb & Blake Spencer.

          A full house of fans were in attendance to watch 24 of the nation’s best dirt late model racers battle for 50 laps on the red South Carolina clay. When the green flag dropped, the orange & black #09 of Johnny Pursley launched early from the outside front row causing a complete restart & penalty against Pursley dropping him to row 2. With Ross Bailes moving up alongside polesitter Mike Marlar, the cars accelerated under a waving green flag towards the first turn. Upon entry to the corner Pursley had already begun losing spots before finally spinning in the middle of 1 & 2. After slowing the field yet again he would be put in the rear for start attempt number three. Following a successful, clean start the first 15 laps ran fairly uneventful with Mike Marlar, Chris Madden, Shane Clanton, Brandon Overton, & Chris Ferguson your top 5.

          On lap 16, however, racing action heated up when Overton caught 3rd place Clanton. The two battled for position until Overton found some speed running the top on the exit of turn 2 and completed the pass down the backstretch on lap 21. He would use that line to slowly reel in 2nd running Chris Madden. Having to navigate through lapped traffic, Overton was unable to make the pass on Madden until lap 34 when he used the same move off of turn 2 that was successful when overtaking Clanton. The #116 had so much speed down the backstretch that by the time he got to turn 3 he had already caught Marlar & got to his outside on the exit of turn 4. The two raced side by side in front of a loud cheering crowd who were now on there feet! With Brandon Overton in his preferred lane on the outside, Marlar didn’t stand a chance in turn 2. The 8th place starter had now taken the lead on the backstretch which helped intensify the noise coming from the crowd on the other side of the racetrack. The excited fans were suddenly stunned when the caution lights came on around the speedway due to Brandon Sheppard who had come to a stop in turn 2 before the leaders finished lap 35. Marlar’s nose was ahead of Overton’s at the completion of lap 34 so therefore the pass for the lead would be encumbered & he would have to restart alongside Madden for the “Delaware double file” restart.

          Less than two laps after the restart Brandon Overton’s right rear tire went flat while racing on the outside of Clanton in turn 4. As he slowed in front of a massive crowd that was just cheering for him moments ago before the yellow flag was displayed. On the ensuing restart the “Georgia Bulldog”, Shane Clanton, used Overton’s move to get by Madden on the exit of turn 2. Not much passing occurred during the remaining 14 laps other than Ross Bailes climbing back up to the 6th position after his night of poor restarts.

          Officially Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN led all 50 laps en route to his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series this season as he chases the 2018 title. This was just the second race in his brand new Brucebilt Performance Rocket Chassis that he finished runner up in the night before at Lavonia Speedway. The points lead now shifts back to 3rd place finisher Chris Madden as the series tours south to Senoia Raceway in Georgia for the 4th Annual Billy Clanton Classic. Shane Clanton, 2nd place, should be welcoming a return to the track near his hometown of Zebulon, GA for the race held in honor of his father. There is no doubt Brandon Sheppard had a rough night following his 3rd win of the season. With his 2nd DNF in the last 4 races the defending champion fell to third in points behind Madden & Marlar. One last honorable mention for Mt Holly, NC’s Chris Ferguson who performed well at his hometrack finishing fourth. Along with a fast time award & a top five finish he even climbed to the top of the 2018 WoO Rooke of the Year standings.

          Next weekend, May 11-12, the series travels to Fayetteville, NC for the $25,001 to win First In Flight 100 In Memory of Carlton Ray Lamm at Fayetteville Motor Speedway. Follow STL Motorsport Magazine on Twitter & Facebook @STLMotoMag for live updates, pictures & results from one of the biggest paying events on the 2018 WoO Tour. Our @ColePerkins12 and @JustRacinOnDirt will be there covering the action at “Boom City”.

Race Results:

1) Mike Marlar #157

2) Shane Clanton #25

3) Chris Madden #44

4) Chris Ferguson #22

5) Donald McIntosh #58

6) Ross Bailes #75

7) Brent Dixon #1D

8) Rick Eckert #7

9) Devin Moran #9

10) Davis Breazeale #54

11) Joey Coulter #2C

12) Tyler Erb #91

13) Brent Larson #B1

14) Brandon Overton #116

15) Chase Junghans #18C

16) Dustin Mitchell #32M

17) Morgan Bagley #14M

18) GR Smith #22X

19) Timothy Culp #C8

20) Blake Spencer #6

21) Brandon Sheppard #1

22) Dennis Franklin #2

23) Johnny Pursley #09

24) Chub Frank # 1X

Justin Olmstead, STL Motorsport Magazine (Just Racin’ On Dirt)


Sheppard Rebounds at Lavonia

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(Lavonia, GA) May 3, 2018- The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series began their racing weekend with a Thursday Night Special at Lavonia Speedway with a 50-Lap, $10,000 to win show. With a standing room only crowd, “The Rocket Shepp” Brandon Sheppard took the popular Valvoline #1 Rocket Chasis House car into victory lane with a dominating performance, leading all 50 laps. Sheppard would take his 3rd win of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series season in 2018 and regain his points lead over Chris Madden
28 cars signed in for the Thursday night race at the semi-banked, 3/8 of a mile track in East Georgia. Defending World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year Devin Moran set quick time for the evening with a blistering lap of 15.123. “The Winfield Warrior” Mike Marlar would be second fastest in time trials with a 15.158 lap and Brandon Sheppard would post the 3rd fastest lap at 15.203. These three drivers would each start on the pole for their respective hear races.
There would be 3 heat races, each 10 laps with the Top 6 finishers advancing to the 50 lap feature.
In the first heat race of the evening, Moran would lead all 10 laps and win followed by the local driver from Elberton, Georgia, Brent Dixon. Both of them would advance to the redraw. Tyler Erb, Timothy Culp, Chris Ferguson, and Peyton Freeman would also lock themselves into the feature.
In heat race number two, Marlar would go on to lead flag to flag and win. North Carolina driver G.R. Smith would join the redraw as he finished second. David Breazeale, Ross Bailes, Morgan Bagley, and “Scrub” Rick Eckert would grab the transfer spots.
In the third and final heat race, Sheppard would rocket out to the lead and never look back picking up the win. Shane Clanton would go on to join Sheppard at the redraw with a 2nd place finish. Chris Madden, Kyle Bronson, Cla Knight, and Chub Frank would all grab transfers and advance to the feature.
At the redraw, Moran would draw the pole position while Sheppard would draw the outside pole position. This left Mike Marlar starting 3rd in the Craftsman Club Feature. Brent Dixon would draw 4th, Clanton 5th, and G.R. Smith would start 6th.
There would be one, 10 lap Last Chance Showdown race with the Top 4 advancing. Manhattan, Kansas driver Chase Junghans would win the last Chance Showdown followed by Kenny Collins, Ray Cook, and Blake Spencer.
World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year Contender Brent Larson and Brandon Overton would both have the series provisionals and start 23rd & 24th.
When the race began, Sheppard would use the outside lane to his advantage and take the lead on Lap 1. The first caution of the evening occurred right after the first lap was completed as 10th place starting Timothy Culp would spin and wreck his car in Turn 4. He would be put on a wrecker and his night would be over with.
On the ensuing restart, the second caution flag would come out with the B1 of Larson and the 6 of Spencer spinning and collecting each other as they got up to speed. Both cars had minor damage but would both continue.
On the next restart, the third caution of the race would fly as Shane Clanton and Tyler Erb would spin out in Turn 2. Both cars would be sent to the end of the field. On the third restart attempt one lap into the race, Dixon would pass Marlar for 3rd place no incidents would happen as Sheppard would lead Moran, Dixon, Marlar, and Smith. However on Lap 4, the fourth caution flag of the race would occur when 5th place running G.R. Smith would break a rear end and slow in Turns 3 and 4.
The green flag would be back out as Madden would join the top 5. Sheppard would go on to set a blistering pace on the 3/8 mile track and hit the tail end of the lead lap by lap 10. On lap 12, Dixon would pass Moran for 2nd place and Marlar would then catch up to Moran trying to take 3rd away from the young Ohio driver. On lap 14, Moran would take second back away from Dixon as Ray Cook would pull off the track and retire.
The green flag run would continue until the halfway point at lap 25 when 5th place running Chris Madden would stop the Barry Wright House Car in Turn 4. He would be done for the night.
On the restart, 3rd place running Dixon would slip in turns 1 & 2 and allow Marlar and David Breazeale to pounce and take the third and fourth positions. Marlar would then pass Moran for second on the next lap. By lap 30, Shane Clanton would already creep up to the 8th position after spinning on Lap 1. On Lap 35, Sheppard would begin to hit lap traffic as he built a one second lead over Marlar, Moran, Breazeale, and Dixon.
With 10 to go, Marlar would begin to catch up to Sheppard as the 1 would attempt to maneuver around lap traffic. With 5 to go, Sheppard would be clear of any cars in his way and would again set a torrid pace. Marlar would not catch him and Sheppard would go on to win his 3rd race of the early season. Mike Marlar would finish second and Devin Moran would round out the podium on third. David Breazeale would go on to finish fourth and Brent Dixon would finish fifth. Ross Bailes, Rick Eckert, Shane Clanton, Kyle Bronson, and Chris Ferguson would round out the top 10.
Feature Finish at Lavonia Speedway
  1. 1 Brandon Sheppard- New Berlin, IL
  2. 157 Mike Marlar- Winfield, TN
  3. 9 Devin Moran- Dresden, OH
  4. 54 Breazeale- Four Corners, MS
  5. 1D Brent Dixon- Elberton, GA
  6. 79 Ross Bailes- Clover, SC
  7. 7 Rick Eckert- York, PA
  8. 25 ShaneClanton- Zebulon, GA
  9. 40B Kyle Bronson- Brandon, FL
  10. 22 Chris Ferguson- Mt. Holly, NC
  11. 18c Chase Junghans- Manhattan, KS
  12. 14m Morgan Bagley- Longview, TX
  13. F1 Peyton Freeman- Commerce, GA
  14. B1 Brent Larson- Lake Elmo, MN
  15. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  16. 116 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  17. 1x Chub Frank- Bear Lake, PA
  18. 91 Tyler Erb- New Waverly, TX
  19. 6 Blake Spencer- St. Augustine, FL
  20. 44 Chris Madden- Gray Court, SC
  21. 21 Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  22. 53 Ray Cook- Brasstown, NC
  23. 22 G.R Smith- Cornelius, NC
  24. C8 Timothy Culp- West Monroe, LA
The next World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series races will be Friday, May 4th at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina and the Billy Clanton Classic at Senoia Raceway on Saturday, May 5th. Both shows will be 50 laps, $10,000 to win.

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


McDowell Holds On at Smoky Mountain

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Photo: Cole Perkins

(Maryville, TN) April 28, 2018 – The World Of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series returned to Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday, April 29th to conclude the “Tennessee Tipoff” double-header weekend. After Chris Madden’s win on Friday, “Smokey” was the new points leader over Brandon Sheppard going into Saturday. With Carder Miller and Billy Ogle Jr. both departing after not making the feature on Friday, and Smoky Mountain Speedway Hall of Famer Lamar Winkle arriving Saturday afternoon, 26 cars were signed in for night two.

After changing an engine Friday night, Brandon Sheppard’s Durham-powered Rocket Chassis set the fastest time in hot laps to get the night rolling. In qualifying, East Tennessee’s Dakotah Knuckles was fastest overall with the Outlaws for the first time in his career. Friday night’s winner Chris Madden was 2nd fastest over Shanon Buckingham, Brandon Sheppard, and Michael Chilton.
Three Heat Races determined the starting lineup for the $10,000 to win main event. Brandon Sheppard passed fast qualifier Dakotah Knuckles on lap 1 of the first heat race and held off Knuckles for all 10 laps to win Heat Race one. The “Wild Child” Michael Chilton held off WoO regulars Chris Madden, Devin Moran, Rick Eckert and Shane Clanton to win Heat Race two. Eventual race winner Dale McDowell won the final Heat Race over Shanon Buckingham and Brandon Overton.
After the Heat Races, the redraw and a lone B-Main finalized the starting lineup for the 50-lap, $10,000 to win feature. Brandon Sheppard picked the #1 wrench in the redraw to start on the pole for the A-Main. Dale McDowell, Michael Chilton, Chris Madden, Dakotah Knuckles and Shanon Buckingham selected wrenches #2-#6 to finalize their starting positions. Veteran Chub Frank dominated the B-Main and WoO regulars Tyler Erb, Timothy Culp, and Morgan Bagley raced their way in as well.
The 24-car field rolled onto the track at 8:40 for the 50-lap finale. “Mac Daddy” Dale McDowell took the lead from polesitter Brandon Sheppard on lap 1, and led all 50 laps to claim the $10,000 check in the Smoky Mountains. Chris Madden made his way up to 2nd after starting 4th and tried several times to pass McDowell for the lead, but was denied on every attempt which stopped him from going two-in-a-row.
Dale McDowell’s win was his 2nd WoO win of the year and 12th of his career. McDowell joins Brandon Sheppard as the 2nd driver to win twice this year in 7 series races completed so far. “Smokey” Chris Madden leaves the Smoky Mountains with the WoO points lead going into three races at tracks he is very familiar with. On Thursday, the series visits Lavonia Speedway in Lavonia, Georgia to start the southeast triple-header. Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina hosts the second race of the weekend on Friday and then the “Billy Clanton Classic” on Saturday at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, Georgia finishes the triple-header.
Tennessee Tipoff Saturday Results:
1. 17M Dale McDowell
2. 44 Chris Madden
3. 1 Brandon Sheppard
4. 97 Michael Chilton
5. 50 Shanon Buckingham
6. 21k Dakotah Knuckles
7. 25 Shane Clanton
8. 18c Chase Junghans
9. 157 Mike Marlar
10. 22 Chris Ferguson
11. 101 Casey Roberts
12. 7 Rick Eckert
13. 4T Tommy Kerr
14. 1v Vic Hill
15. 91 Tyler Erb
16. 1x Chub Frank
17. 11B Stacy Boles
18. 21 Robby Moses
19. 54 David Breazeale
20. B1 Brent Larson
21. C8 Timothy Culp
22. 9 Devin Moran
23. 14m Morgan Bagley
24.  116 Brandon Overton
Cole Perkins, STL Motorsport Magazine

Horton Wins at Talladega

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(Eastaboga, AL) April 28th, 2018- The Southern All Stars Racing Series rolled into Eastaboga, Alabama right across the street from Talladega Superspeedway at The Talladega Short Track for the $4,000 to win NASCAR Weekend race. After Saturday afternoon’s Xfinity Race, fans would walk across the street to “The Hornets Nest” for a night of action packed racing headlined by the 40-lap, $4,000 to win Super Late Model Race. With a packed house, the defending Southern All Stars Racing champion Austin Horton would park his #16 Wood Motorsports, Rocket Chasis in victory lane, leading all 40 laps flag-to-flag and capturing his first career Southern All Stars win.
41 Super Late Models would enter Saturday night’s race and qualifying would be set into two groups with the Top 5 qualifiers in each group being locked into the feature.
In Group A, the Newnan, GA driver of Horton would set fast time and clinch the pole. Oxford, AL driver Jason Hiett, Grant Pearl, Jadon Frame, and Terry Smith would complete the Top 5 qualifiers in Group A and would lock themselves in the feature.
“The Chattanooga Flash” Ronnie Johnson, running double duty in the Supers and Nesmith Late Models, would lead the way in Group B qualifying. Also locking themselves in the feature with their time trials would be Michael Page, J.T. Seawright, T.J. Reaid, and Cory Hedgecock. They would start on the outside row for the feature.
There would be four, 10 Lap B-Main races with the Top 3 advancing to the $4,000 to win feature.
The winner of the first B-Main would be Dalton Polston, who would edge out Eric Hickerson in a tightly contested race for the lead. Kenny Collins of Colbert, GA grabbed the final transfer spot.
The second B-Main would be won by Josh Adkins. Florence, AL driver Josh Putnam and 2017 Talladega Short Track Champion Dallas Cooper would lock themselves into the feature.
The third B-Main would be won by 4th place starting Riley Hickman out of Ootelwah, TN. He beat out Southern All Stars points leader Jay Scott and Eric Granger to the checkers.
The final B-Main of the evening would be won by “The Boaz Bullet” Tim Busha out of Boaz, AL. Dawsonville, GA driver Donald McIntosh racing in the Big Frog Motorsports Rocket Chasis and Larry Harrod would finish second and third.
With 22 of the 24 starting spots clinched, the final two starting positions would be based on the current 2018 Southern All Stars points standings. Ray McElhieny and Mark Dodson would grab the provisionals as Tim Roszell would also take a Talladega Short Track Provisional to make a 25 car field for the feature.
Many Southern All Stars competitors would not make the feature as Brad Skinner (4th in points), Tristan Sealy (5th in points), Joseph Faulkner (6th in points), and Tommy Taylor (7th in points) would not make the feature and would be sent to their haulers early.
The green flag dropped as the 40 lap feature began and Horton would led the first lap over Johnson, Hiett, Page, and J.T. Seawright. On lap 3, the 18x Stinger Chasis of Page would pass Hiett for 3rd. The first caution of the race would fly on Lap 4 with the 57 of Josh Adkins spinning in turn one. He would then pull off the track to end his night early.
On the restart, Page would pass Ronnie Johnson for 2nd on lap 5. Page would then have left front damage after contact with Johnson on his car which seemed to slow him down a bit. He would battle for the lead with Horton but could not get around the 16 Wood Motorsports machine.
The second caution of the race would come out on Lap 13 with the slow car of Eric Hickerson on the front stretch. During the caution, track officials would fix some of the left front damage on 2nd place running Michael Page’s car.
On the Lap 13 restart, J.T. Seawright would pass Jason Hiett for the 4th spot. One lap later, the 00 of Dalton Polston would spin in Turn 2 and bring out the third and final caution. He would also collect Eric Granger and Tim Roszell. Dallas Cooper would also be involved in the accident with some minor cosmetic damage on his car.
Horton would again bolt out to the lead on the Lap 14 restart. Johnson would then get on the inside of Page and battle for the 2nd position. 3 laps later on lap 17, 4th place running J.T. Seawright would jump the cushion and almost fall off the track in turns 1 and 2. He would drop all the way back to the 17th position. One lap later, Ronnie Johnson would pass Michael Page for 2nd.
At the halfway mark, Horton would begin to encounter lap traffic as Hiett and Hedgecock would battle for 4th. The top 5 would then spread out on the track and maneuver around lapped traffic. Riley Hickman would pass Jadon Frame for 6th place with 10 laps to go. With 9 laps to go on Lap 31, Horton would slip up the track and allow the 85 of Johnson and 18x of Page to gain ground and close in on the leader. With 5 to go, Johnson would get side by side with Horton in turns 3 and 4 but Horton would fend off the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer and get through some lapped cars. Horton would then be clear of traffic and set sail to the checkered flag to capture his first career Southern All Stars win. The Capital Race Car of Ronnie Johnson would finish second. Michael Page would finish third in his Stinger Chasis. Jason Hiett and Cory Hedgecock would round out the top 5. Riley Hickman, Jadon Frame, Terry Smith, Grant Pearl, and Donald McIntosh would complete the Top 10.
Feature Finish:
  1. 16 Austin Horton- Newnan, GA
  2. 85 Ronnie Johnson- Chattanooga, TN
  3. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  4. 21 Jason Hiett- Oxford, AL
  5. 9 Cory Hedgecock- Loudon, TN
  6. R1 Riley Hickman- Ootelwah, TN
  7. J8 Jadon Frame- Winchester, TN
  8. 99 Terry Smith- Oxford, AL
  9. 22 Grant Pearl- Southside, AL
  10. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  11. 27J Jay Scott- Fayetteville, TN
  12. 212 Josh Putnam- Florence, AL
  13. 21 Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  14. 20 Ray McElhieny- Pulaski, TN
  15. 32 Mark Dodson- Caledonia, MS
  16. 1JT J.T. Seawright- Fort Payne, AL
  17. 35 Dallas Cooper- Talladega, AL
  18. G9 Eric Granger- Dallas, GA
  19. 25 Tim Roszell- Anniston, AL
  20. 00 Dalton Polston- Lithia Springs, GA
  21. 15 Tim Busha- Boaz, AL
  22. 41 T.J. Reaid- Acworth, GA
  23. 98 Eric Hickerson- Linden, TN
  24. 27 Larry Harrod- Plains, GA
  25. 57 Josh Adkins- Talladega, AL
The next Southern All Stars Race will be on Saturday night, May 19th with a 40-Lap, $4,000 to win race.
Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine

 MSSC Announces New Media Partnership with STL Motorsport Magazine

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(Buckingham, IL) Officials with the Midwest Street Stock Championship are excited to announce a new partnership with STL Motorsports Magazine, naming them the exclusive media outlet for the series, as well as providing announcing duties from Tyson Graves for all 2018 events.

STL Motorsports Magazine was founded in 2014 by Kevin Howdeshell as a social media outlet for NASCAR in the St. Louis area, featuring podcasts on NASCAR news and topics. Kevin’s passion for racing led him to start STL Motorsports Magazine to promote local racing and give fans updates on action in the area. In 2017 Kevin added Tyson Graves as a reporter for the Magazine in the Central Illinois area, and has branched out reporting on regional and national series with driver interviews, race updates from the track and launch of the new STL Motorsports Magazine website.

STL Motorsports Magazine is proud to partner with MSSC for the 2018 season,” said Tyson Graves, Content Manager for STL Motorsports Magazine. We are excited to promote, support and supply the best media coverage for a growing series that fits right in our expansion of racing coverage in 2018.”

In addition to his duties as Content Manager for STL Motorsports Magazine, Graves will also serve as the series announcer for the Midwest Street Stock Championship in the 2018 racing season. Graves will lend his vocal talents to all events on the 2018 schedule, both at the track and on the new MSSC Live! pay-per-view system. “I am excited to join the MSSC team as the announcer and voice of the MSSC for 2018. I look forward to the opportunity to get to know the greatest Street Stock racers around.”

“We are excited to partner with STL Motorsports Magazine this season,” said Tony Hubert, President of Business Operations for the MSSC. “We love having a more connected and diverse way to distribute the series’ news and results to more people.”

You can follow STL Motorsports Magazine via their website, Facebook Page, and on Twitter.


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