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Pierce Dominates Illini Lucas Weekend

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(St. Louis, MO) April 30, 2018 – It was just a week and half ago that the Dunn Benson Motorsports team suffered the tragic loss of long time car owner and racing Hall of Famer Carlton Lamm. The last month the team has been racing for Mr. C. From putting a empty chair on top of the hauler as the team asked for prayers as Carlton was in and out of the hospital to laying him to rest after his passing. The Dunn Benson Motorsports team has a new mission for the 2018 season and that was to win for Mr. C. And this is just what happened this past weekend when the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series made its first visit to Illinois since their young phenom driver Bobby Pierce has been behind the wheel.

At the end of last season the big announcement came that long time Dunn Benson driver Earl Pearson Jr would be leaving the famed #1 cars seat in 2018 to drive the Black Diamond house car for Ronnie Stuckey. In the weeks ensuing  many people wondered who would be the driver that would get the nod to take over the seat of one the most sought after rides in the dirt late model world. What people did not know is that the Lamm family had a short list of drivers they were interested in and Bobby Pierce was at the top of it. Bobby’s success in big races and the way he carried himself on and off the track were the selling points to bring Bobby on in 2018 as their driver.

The team has had a time of adjustment so far in 2018 as not only a new driver, but a new chassis, a new engine combination and merging of sponsors. The team went to Arizona in January where Pierce got his first laps in the seat of the Dunn Benson Rocket Chassis. Pierce had a couple second place finishes and was competitive in his first few nights out. The team would then head to Georgia/Florida Speedweeks where they had up and down nights as they struggled to find the right combination to make any serious runs for a win. Bobby remained calm and confident that in time this team would gel and find that combination in setup and driver confidence to be where they wanted to be. Bobby tackled many new tracks through the months of March and early April. His consistency of making every event and some top 10’s landed him 8th in Lucas Dirt points before his trek to his home state of Illinois.

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As the Dunn Benson team made their way to the Midwest to compete at Tri-City and Macon Speedway’s they had an extra motivation to bring home a win for their late car owner. Bobby grew up racing in Illinois and between the confidence of past wins at both speedways and the added motivation to win for Mr. C Bobby had his eyes set on the prize.

At Tri-City Speedway Bobby set fast time and in an interview with us over the weekend he said after running the half mile speedways out east Tri-City seemed small. But that did not matter as he took the Miller Welder’s Fast Time Award. He went on to win his heat and start on the front row for the Busch 50 at Tri-City Speedway. Bobby dominated the feature taking the lead on the first lap and never looking back leading all 50 laps. The only challenge he faced was a couple challenges from Tim McCreadie that he was able to fend off. Bobby is not stranger to victory lane at the Gundaker owned track outside of St. Louis where he won last fall during the Mod Mania weekend.  It was Bobby’s first win of the year and the first for the Dunn Benson team since the passing of their car owner. The team pointed to the sky in victory lane and dedicated the win to Mr. C.

On Saturday the team drove a couple hours north to the smallest track on the Lucas Oil tour, the fifth-mile high banked bullring named Macon Speedway. With a win under his belt and past success at Macon Bobby was the odds on favorite heading into Saturday night action. He had won three of the last four 100 lap events at the mighty Macon Speedway. Bobby would set 5th fastest overall lap and go on to win his heat race that put him on the outside of the front row for the 100 lap affair.

Pierce would jump out to a commanding lead early and set a blistering pace which even included putting two-time Lucas Oil Champ Scott Bloomquist a lap down before halfway. A handful of cautions slowed the action but at every restart Bobby was able to hold the field at bay. Shannon Babb, a close by Moweaque, IL resident ran second for a majority of the event before Illinois local Ryan Unzicker took over the second spot. On the last restart, Unzicker a driver of a Pierce Platinum chassis build by Bobby’s father, gave Bobby his biggest challenge of the race. The final laps Pierce and Unzicker drove nearly side by side down the straightaways. Pierce was able to cross the finish line just half a car length over Unzicker.  It was a race that had a packed house on their feet as they crossed the finish line. Shannon Babb finished third and points leader Jonathan Davenport came home fourth.

It was Pierce’s third win in the past five years at Macon Speedway in Lucas Dirt action. Pierce has won five 100 lap events at Macon Speedway in his career. The win moved him up to fifth in Lucas Oil Series points as the tour heads to Tazewell Speedway this coming weekend. It was a huge weekend for Bobby and the Dunn Benson crew. I am sure Carlton Lamm is smiling down on the accomplishment of his team this past weekend. What a difference a week makes as the team turns tragedy into triumph.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine

Check out the EXCLUSIVE Interview with “Smooth Operator” Bobby Pierce


“Smokey” Madden Conquers Smoky Mountain

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(Maryville, TN) April 27, 2108 – The Tennessee Tipoff held at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN was one of three events to be either postponed or cancelled due to weather so far on the 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models schedule. Another one of those postponed races, the Illini 100, was eventually cancelled causing a 61 day break for Outlaw drivers between the DIRTcar Nationals in February & last week’s Queen City Shootout. After a six week wait the tour finally invaded eastern Tennessee for a doubleheader in the Smoky Mountains.

Defending series champion Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, IL began the weekend as the points leader & carried his early season momentum into Hot Laps on Friday night where the #1 Rocket Chassis was fastest with a time of 16.459. A total of 27 super late models attempted to qualify for the $10,000 to win 50 lap feature. Chris Madden of Gray Court, SC posted the quickest lap during Time Trials giving him the pole for the first heat race which he would go on to win. P2 qualifier Brandon Sheppard won Heat 2 from the pole but Chris Ferguson of Mt Holly, NC was unable to turn a great third place qualifying effort into a win in the final heat race as Devin Moran of Dresden, OH won Heat 3. The Last Chance Showdown was won by 2015 WoO Rookie of the Year Brandon Overton of Evans, GA.

From the moment the green flag dropped on a 24 car field it was apparent that Chris Madden would be tough to beat. He captured the lead from polesitter Devin Moran and never really faced any challenges for the top spot. Behind him, however, the action started early when a piece of debris struck the helmet worn by Timothy Culp of Prattsville, AR on lap 2 causing a caution after he slowed on the backstretch. Shortly following the restart Brandon Sheppard brought out another yellow when his engine went up in smoke after he scrubbed the turn 1 wall on lap 4. Racing resumed and Sheppard was forced to watch from the infield as a 31 lap green flag run began. Madden continued to stretch out his lead until encountering heavy lapped traffic on lap 14 which allowed the top 5 to close in. Ultimately, he was able to maneuver through traffic better than his competitors and rebuilt his huge lead over Devin Moran.

Around lap 20 Shane Clanton of Zebulon, GA snagged the runner-up position away from Moran and never gave it up. Meanwhile, a great battle for 7th was brewing between Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA & Michael Chilton of Salvisa, KY. Between laps 24 & 30 the pair passed each other 3 times before Chilton finally took the spot just 3 laps before McDowell slowed and pulled off the track. Prior to a caution on lap 35, 5th place running Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN lost 2 spots in one corner as Casey Roberts of Toccoa, GA & Michael Chilton slipped by.

Chris “Smokey” Madden dominated the remaining 15 laps and claimed $10,000 in his first WoO win of 2018. Along with the win, Madden also gained the points lead from Brandon Sheppard after his rough first night at the 4/10 mile. This was also the first WoO win for Madden since returning to the Barry Wright Race Cars house car.

Race Results:

  1. 44-Chris Madden; 2. 25-Shane Clanton; 3. 9-Devin Moran; 4. 101-Casey Roberts; 5. 50-Shanon Buckingham; 6. 97-Michael Chilton; 7. 91-Tyler Erb; 8. 116-Brandon Overton; 9. 157-Mike Marlar; 10. 22-Chris Ferguson; 11. 18c-Chase Junghans; 12. 7-Rick Eckert; 13. 54-David Breazeale; 14. 1x-Chub Frank; 15. 21k-Dakotah Knuckles; 16. 11B-Stacy Boles; 17. 14m-Morgan Bagley; 18. 17M-Dale McDowell; 19. 4T-Tommy Kerr; 20. 6-Blake Spencer; 21. 1v-Vic Hill; 22. 1-Brandon Sheppard; 23. B1-Brent Larson; 24. C8-Timothy Culp

Justin Olmsted, STL Motorsport Magazine (Just Racin On Dirt)


Johnson Dominates At Talladega
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(Eastaboga AL) April 28th, 2018- Round 4 of the Nesmith Dirt Late Model Series was held Saturday evening at The Talledega Short Track for Night 2 of the NASCAR Weekend races at the 1/3 dirt clay oval known as “The Hornet’s Nest”. When the checkered flag waved, it was National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Driver, “The Chattanooga Flash” Ronnie Johnson who cashed in on a $2,500 paycheck in his Josh Roberts Trucking, #85 Capital Race Car. It was his 28th career Nesmith Racing win.
The evening began with qualifying as 45 cars entered for the $2,500 to win prize. Qualifying was split into two groups as the top 5 cars in each group would be locked into the feature. Johnson was the only driver to crack into the 14-second column with a lap of 14.928 seconds. Sam Seawright, Friday night’s Nesmith winner Cory Hedgecock, Jimmy Elliot, and Chase Walls would round out the top 5 in qualifying for group A and would all start on the inside row.
The fastest qualifier in Group B was Ootelwah, TN driver Andy Picklesimer who timed in with a lap of 15.079. Michael Page, Riley Hickman, Jadon Frame, and Heath Hindman would be the top 5 qualifiers in Group B and would be locked into the feature starting on the outside row.
The rest of the 24 car field would be determined by 4, 10 Lap B-Mains with the Top 3 finishers advancing to the feature.
Jake Knowles would win B-Main number one, followed by Brad Berry and Jupiter, FL driver Clay Harris.
B-Main number two would be won by Phenix City, AL driver Rodgerick Dykes with Jamey Boland and Tyler Wood advancing into the feature as well.
The 3rd B-Main was the most entertaining one as 4th place stating Ashton Winger out of Senoia, GA would run the high side coming off of turn 4 and barely edge out Chase Edge for the win. Oakley Johns would grab the last transfer in the B-Main
The final B-Main was won by Terrance Newell. Joining him was Cruz Skinner and Mississippi young gun Bryant Marsh
Marcus Minga and T.J Brittain would grab the Nesmith racing provisionals and would start on the 12th row in 23rd and 24th.
Before the green flag of the 50-lap feature would drop, 8th place starting Jadon Frame ran into mechanical issues and opted drop to the tail end of the field. Ronnie Johnson had the option to choose the inside or outside of the front row due to his fast time and he chose the outside row. At the drop of the green flag, Johnson bolted out to the lead over Picklesimer, Hickman, Page, and Sam Seawright. Jadon Frame would pull off the track after lap one and become the first retiree of the evening. The top 5 cars would then spread out across the track and by lap 10, Johnson began to enter lap traffic.
The first caution of the night waved on Lap 12 with the 19 of Marcus Minga stopped in Turn 4. The second caution would fly one lap after the restart on Lap 13 when the 1B of Bryant Marsh spun his car in Turn 3. On the ensuing restart, Johnson would once again bolt out to the lead as Heath Hindman would grab the 6th spot from Cory Hedgecock. Johnson would continue to lead as he would maneuver through lap traffic at the halfway mark on lap 25 with Picklesimer, Hickman, Page, Seawright, Hindman, Hedgecock, Dykes, Newell, and Walls rounding out the top 10 with all the cars spread out on the track.
The third and final caution would occur on lap 28 as T.J Brittain would slow in Turn 2.
Once again, the 85 of Johnson would check out on the restart and the race would continue to stay green as he entered the tail end of the lead lap. While he was battling hard to get around the slower cars, this allowed Picklesimer to close the gap. Hickman and Page would also be in a very tight battle for 3rd. Sam Seawright would drop from 5th to 7th as Hindman and Hedgecock would pass the young driver. By lap 40, Picklesimer would be right on Johnson’s bumper and would get under Johnson a few times in Turns 1 & 2 but he could not execute a pass as Johnson would use the high side momentum on the straightaways. Once Johnson got clear of lapped cars, he would once again check out and extend his lead to the checkered flag with Picklesimer and Hickman rounding out the podium. Michael Page and Heath Hindman would complete the top 5. Cory Hedgecock, Sam Seawright, Rodgerick Dykes, Terrance Newell, and Chase Walls would round out the Top 10.
Feature Finish
  1. 85 Ronnie Johnson- Chattanooga, TN
  2. P1 Andy Picklesimer- Ootelwah, TN
  3. R1 Riley Hickman- Ootelwah, TN
  4. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  5. 91 Heath Hindman- Eastaboga, AL
  6. 23 Cory Hedgecock- Loudon, TN
  7. 16 Sam Seawright- Fort Payne, AL
  8. 5D Rodgerick Dykes- Smith Station, AL
  9. 27T Terrance Newell- Phenix City, AL
  10. 25 Chase Walls- Dechard, TN
  11. 12 Ashton Winger- Senoia, GA
  12. J39 Jimmy Elliot- Cleveland, TN
  13. 66 Jake Knowles- Rome, GA
  14. 11 Cruz Skinner- Oxford, AL
  15. 232 Jamey Boland- Cuba, AL
  16. 17 Tyler Wood- Hohenwald, TN
  17. 18E Chase Edge- Lafayette, AL
  18. 1B Bryant Marsh- Corinth, MS
  19. 6C Clay Harris- Jupiter, FL
  20. C6 Oakley Johns- Hohenwald, TN
  21. 05 T.J Brittain- Centre, AL
  22. 19 Marcus Minga- Shannon, MS
  23. 27 Brad Berry- Attalla, AL
  24. 67 Jadon Frame- Winchester, TN
Through 4 Races of the Nesmith Racing Series, Cory Hedgecock is the current points leader over Ashton Winger, Jake Knowles, Andy Picklesimer, and Bryant Marsh.
The next Nesmith Dirt Late Model Racing events will be May 18th at Oglethorpe Speedway Park with a 40-Lap, $2,000 to win race and May 19th at Cochran Motor Speedway in Cochran, GA for a $2,500 to win, 50-Lap feature.

 

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Weaver Returns to Old Form on Opening Weekend

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(Fairbury, IL) April 24, 2018 – Saturday night reminded you of a weekend straight out of 1992. Growing up in Central Illinois, you remember the younger days of Kevin Weaver and often found yourself cheering on the famous B12 machine. After Jimmy Johns left Kevin Weaver at the end of the 2016 season many wondered if Weaver was done and maybe he would just hang it up and retire. That all changed a month and half ago when Kevin made the announcement at his annual race party that his long time sponsor Jimmy Johns would return on the side of the B12 Longhorn Chassis for 2018.

With the weather not cooperating in Illinois and pushing many the opening season events back a couple of weeks gave the veteran time to prepare his 2018 piece for UMP Late Model competition. With his eyes on starting the season in familiar territory at his stomping grounds of Farmer City and Fairbury American Legion Speedway Kevin was optimistic but yet humble. Kevin told me on Friday night before the action began at Farmer City that Jimmy Johns coming back on board was a good shot in the arm for his program. When asked about his chances for the evening a humble Weaver said there were many other good cars and he would just have to see what he had for them.

In exciting fashion just past the halfway point of the Late Model feature at Farmer City Raceway Kevin Weaver put his famed B12 out in front passing last years track champion Ryan Unzicker on the bottom groove. Kevin would then pull away and never face a real challenge from anyone else in the field.  The crowd at Farmer City erupted when he pulled his car into victory lane in front of a great opening night crowd. The famed “Weaver Fever” had struck the fan base and gave them hope for the 2018 campaign.

If an opening night win was not enough Kevin would return to the race track on Saturday night for opening night at Fairbury American Legion Speedway. Weaver came into the evening tied with the Hall of Famer Roger Long with 66 career Late Model feature wins at the oval. Weaver came out early in qualifying and laid down a blistering lap that held quick time for some time before he was knocked off by Mike Spatola.

As feature time approached I started to realize that this evening here at Fairbury could be a history maker if Kevin could park it in victory lane where he had been many times before. Starting on the outside of front row of the feature the stage was set to see if history could be broken. In the opening laps Scott Schmitt made things tough for Weaver and led a few laps. The #10 of Schmitt was the only thing standing in front of Weaver and history. Schmitt was riding the famous FALS cushion for all it was worth trying to keep Weaver behind him. Around the halfway point just like the night before Weaver found himself out in front of the field and trying to keep everyone else behind him.

The last few laps were a nail bitter for Weaver nation as they waited to see if their hero could complete the weekend sweep and put his name at the top of the history books at Fairbury. Kevin Weaver did hold off the rest of the competition and drove into the history books as he took the checkered flag and did the famous polish victory lap to the applause of Weaver Nation around the Fairbury American Legion Speedway.

It was the 67th win in a Late Model for Weaver and the 70th feature overall as he has 3 wins in a UMP Modified as well to his name.  Kevin is back and his fans our excited for the 2018 season. Kevin just likes to race and its not very often we see a driver of his caliber with such longevity at his local track. More than likely Kevin has set a bar at Fairbury that will never be touched again.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Coulter Survives For First Clash Win

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(Gastonia, NC) April 20, 2018 –  The 18th Annual Skyler Trull Memorial was originally scheduled for March 10th, 2018. But, like many other early season races, it was postponed due to rain. In what was intended to be their season opener, the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series would visit Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC for the 3rd stop on the 2018 schedule. Michael Brown #24, Pageland, SC, entered Friday’s race as the points leader following back to back runner-up finishes at Lancaster Speedway & Fayetteville Motor Speedway.

A solid field of cars were in attendance as 25 drivers officially signed in for the 40 lap $5,000 to win event. At the conclusion of Time Trials Joey Coulter #2, Miami Springs, FL, was at the top of the board becoming the only driver able to dip down into the 14 second bracket with a lap of 14.973. Michael Brown, 2nd fastest, joined him as the only two drivers locked into a starting spot for the feature, the remaining lineup would be determined through heat races. G.R. Smith #22, Cornelious, NC, won the first heat; the next two heats belonged to a couple of Clover, SC drivers Ross Bailes #87 & Johnny Pursley #09.

As the green flag waved, Coulter capitalized on his qualifying run and commanded the early lead. Numerous cautions plagued the first half of the race. Michael Brown even managed to snag the lead away on one restart & Coulter dropped to fourth but it was called off due to another spin. On lap 19 the yellow flag waved when G.R. Smith & Ross Bailes tangled exiting turn 2 while battling for 2nd. During the caution Bailes refused to take his spot at the rear of the field which caused a few on-track altercations between himself and now 2nd Brown & 3rd Zack Mitchell, Enoree, SC. While they were arguing, some off-track altercations began as crew members & spectators were scuffling in the infield. Bailes finally pulled off, parked his car and racing resumed.

Joey Coulter maintained his pace as the leader but it wasn’t easy. A late charge by Ben Watkins #16, Rock Hill, SC, was tough to hold off. Michael Brown found some speed on the top side of the track as the race was winding down. He was able to get around Watkins and caught the leader, Coulter, while coming to the white flag. With a big run on the exit of turn 2 Brown took the lead away, passing Coulter on the outside down the backstretch. All for none, however, as a caution would wave before the checkered setting up a one lap shootout for the win. On the ensuing restart Coulter blocked the run that Brown had on the outside of turn 2 drove on to win his first career Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series race.

Michael Brown increases his points lead as the series heads to Modoc, SC April 28th for a combination race with the Ultimate Super Late Model Series in the 8th Annual Jack Starrette Memorial at Modoc Raceway.

Results:

  1. 2C Joey Coulter
  2. 16 Ben Watkins
  3. 2 Dennis Franklin
  4. 24B Michael Brown
  5. 00 Jeff Smith
  6. 3V Kyle Hardy
  7. 57 Adam Yarbrough
  8. 29 Larry Grube
  9. 65 Brandon O’Neill
  10. 42 Doug Sanders
  11. 55H Benji Hicks
  12. 357 David Todd
  13. 03 David Yandle
  14. 7 Josh Langley
  15. 22 GR Smith
  16. 87 Ross Bailes
  17. 57 Zack Mitchell
  18. 07 Brian Ledbetter
  19. 09 Johnny Pursley
  20. 421 Anthony Sanders
  21. 72 Robbie Bailey
  22. 55 Dean Bowen
  23. 10 Dylan Davis
  24. 5 Jason Womack

DNS – 15 Justin Duty

Justin Olmsted, STL Motorsport Magazine


Page with Ultimate Win at Dixie

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(Woodstock, GA) April 21, 2018 – The Ultimate Super Late Model Series headed to Dixie Speedway on Saturday for their third race of the season, the Heart of Dixie 40. Originally scheduled as a double-header weekend, Sunday night’s race at nearby Rome Speedway was cancelled earlier in the week making Dixie the lone event that weekend. 29 Ultimate Super Late Models were in attendance for the $4,000 to win event.

Donald McIntosh started the night off with his 007 Chassis posting the fastest time in Hot Laps. In qualifying, Michael Page of Douglasville, Georgia was fastest overall with a 15.066 second lap in Group A while Donald McIntosh was fastest in Group B. The top-5 in groups A and B locked themselves into the feature setting up the first 5 rows for the 40 lap main event.
With no scheduled B-Mains, drivers who did not lock themselves into the feature in qualifying had only one chance to make the A-Main with two 8-lap heat races. Prior to the heat races, Oxford, Alabama’s Jason Hiett loaded up after facing mechanical issues after qualifying. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Justin Shipley of Douglasville, Georgia and veteran Billy Ogle Jr. both led flag-to-flag to win heat races one and two. Eric Granger and Rookie of the Year candidate Jeff Matthews were awarded provisionals.
Fast qualifier Michael Page led the 24-car field to green and never looked back. Donald McIntosh stayed in 2nd for all 40 laps and David Payne finished 3rd after starting in 5th.
Michael Page led all 40 laps of the Heart of Dixie 40 to win his 2nd Ultimate Super Late Model race of the year. Page’s first Ultimate win this year came at North Georgia Speedway in the series season opener and was absent in last Saturday’s race at Virginia Motor Speedway. Defending series champion Tyler Millwood of Kingston, Georgia became the new Ultimate points leader after finishing in 7th. Kyle Hardy dropped out of the lead after finishing in 18th but still leads the Rookie of the Year points chase after 3 series races. Next Saturday, the Ultimate series visits Modoc Raceway in Modoc, South Carolina for the $5,022 to win Jack Starrette Memorial.
Heart of Dixie 40 Results:
1. 18X Michael Page
2. 7 Donald McIntosh
3. 8 David Payne
4. 41 TJ Reaid
5. 119 Mike McConnell
6. 9 Jason Croft
7. 31 Tyler Millwood
8. 57 Zack Mitchell
9. 00 Jeff Smith
10. 2C Joey Coulter
11. 29M Gary McPherson
12. 42 Cla Knight
13. 84 Austin Smith
14. 08 Justin Shipley
15. G9 Eric Granger
16. 22 Will Roland
17. 77 Brian Conner
18. 3V Kyle Hardy
19. 33 Jeff Matthews
20. 201 Billy Ogle Jr.
21. 21 Ivedent Lloyd Jr.
22. 421 Anthony Sanders
23. 17 Kurt English
24. 00c Johnny Chastain

Cole Perkins, STL Motorsport Magazine


Shirley & Bollinger Win in Tuesday Night Play Date at Brownstown

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(Brownstown, IL) April 17, 2018 – Brian Shirley of Chatham, IL held off Shannon Babb and Tanner English to win the UMP Late Model feature at Fayette County Speedway during a Tuesday night early season special. Ray Bollinger of Kewanee, IL who started in the sixth position held off six-time UMP Champ Mike Harrison to win the UMP Modified portion of the event.

Track promoter Charlie Depew gathered input on who would come race on Tuesday night on social media as an impromptu race and got overwhelming support from drivers and fans. This was the first race in the area this season due to many rainouts and cold temps. Hats off to Charlie who had a well prepared track for a midweek matinee.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Davenport is King of the Commonwealth

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(Jamaica, VA) April 14, 2018 – The Ultimate Super Late Model Series converged at Virginia Motor Speedway on Saturday for the Aaron’s “King of the Commonwealth”. With both the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events getting rained out on Saturday, the best national touring drivers made the overnight trek to Jamaica, Virginia to pursue the $20,000 grand prize. Combining with the best drivers from the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, 56 Ultimate Super Late Models were in attendance. The car count of 56 cars was a new record for the Ultimate series, and was shortened to 55 after Brent Robinson left after hot laps.

Ross Bailes of Clover, South Carolina started off the night with posting the fastest time in Hot Laps. Ross was one of five drivers who raced in both Super and Crate Late Model competition. In qualifying, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series drivers Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tennessee and Jonathan Davenport of Pelzer, South Carolina were fastest in their groups. Scott Bloomquist set the fastest time overall with a 17.156 second lap.
After qualifying, six 8-lap heat races would determine the starting field for the 60-lap main event. The top 3 finishers in each heat race locked themselves into the $20,000 to win feature. Fast qualifier Scott Bloomquist dominated Heat #1, giving him the 1st starting position for the A-Main. Pennsylvania drivers Rick Eckert and Gregg Satterlee also advanced from Heat #1. Jonathan Davenport won Heat #2 over two other drivers from the Carolina’s, Chris Ferguson and Ross Bailes. World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series regular Chris Madden held off two Lucas Oil Series drivers Bobby Pierce and Tim McCreadie to win Heat #3. Jason Covert won Heat #4 over Ultimate Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Hardy, and defending King of the Commonwealth winner Brandon Overton. Seaford, Delaware’s Austin Hubbard held off Jeff and GR Smith to win Heat #5. Defending Ultimate Super Late Model Series champion Tyler Millwood dominated the final heat race over Andy Anderson and Mason Zeigler.
With 18 drivers already locking themselves in to the feature from the 6 heat races, only the top-2 from a pair of B-Mains would advance to create a 22 car starting field before provisionals. Tyler Erb and Tyler Bare won the two loaded B-Mains, 2nd place finishers Walker Arthur and Hudson O’Neal also transferred through to the A-Main. Dennis “Rambo” Franklin and Zack Mitchell were awarded provisionals, completing the 24-car starting field. Kyle Bronson, Brent Larson, Jeep Van Wormer, and Joey Coulter were just a few of the big names who did not make it to the A-Main.
Two former Lucas Oil Late Model Series Champions Scott Bloomquist and Jonathan Davenport started on the front row for the 60-lap, $20,000 to win main event. 2nd place starter Jonathan Davenport got the lead on the first lap, and was untouchable for all 60 laps. Only two cautions halted the 60 lapper, but Davenport was able to defend and keep his lead for the entire race. With 20 laps to go, Chris Madden got by Bloomquist for 2nd, but Bloomquist battled back and was able to retake 2nd in the closing laps. Both Bloomquist and Madden tried to make a charge to the lead on the last lap, but “Superman” held both of them off resulting in a $20,000 payday.
Jonathan Davenport’s $20,000 win at Virginia was his 6th of the year, and 2nd King of the Commonwealth victory of his career. 9th place finisher Kyle Hardy of Stephens City, Virginia now leads the Ultimate Super Late Model Series point standings and Rookie of the Year standings after 2 series events so far. Next weekend, the Ultimate Super Late Model Series heads to Georgia’s Dixie and Rome Speedway’s on Saturday and Sunday for $4,000 to win each night and a $1,000 bonus for a driver who is able to win both events.
King of the Commonwealth Results:
1. 49 Jonathan Davenport
2. 0 Scott Bloomquist
3. 44 Chris Madden
4. 39 Tim McCreadie
5. 116 Brandon Overton
6. 11A Austin Hubbard
7. 22G Gregg Satterlee
8. 72 Jason Covert
9. 3V Kyle Hardy
10. 31 Tyler Millwood
11. 71 Hudson O’Neal
12. 22 Chris Ferguson
13. 7 Rick Eckert
14. 43A Tyler Bare
15. 25Z Mason Zeigler
16. 32P Bobby Pierce
17. 00 Jeff Smith
18. 5 Dennis Franklin
19. 87 Walker Arthur
20. 41 Andy Anderson
21. 22S GR Smith
22. 91 Tyler Erb
23. 57 Zack Mitchell

24. 79 Ross Bailes

Cole Perkins, STL Motorsport Magazine

 

Simpson Takes Thaw Brawl at LaSalle

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St. Louis, MO (April 3, 2018) – Saturday night mother nature tried her best to ruin the running of the 7th Annual Hoker Trucking Thaw Brawl for the Lucas Oil MLRA Series but Tony Izzo Jr, the promoter of LaSalle Speedway wasn’t giving up.  With a blustering winds and cold temps in the forecast the title of the weekend’s event The Thaw Brawl was the appropriate name. With 38 cars on hand Saturday night going for $15,000 the show was set to not disappoint.

The evening started off with qualifying where Scott Schmitt from Tonica, IL laid down the overall fastest lap with a lap of 14.453 seconds in group B. Mike Spatola was quickest in Group A with lap of 14.578 seconds. World of Outlaws Late Model Champion Brandon Sheppard was in the house with his family owned Rocket Chassis but after a mechanical failure in qualifying he scratched for the remainder of the night. With cold temps threating and chance of rain the show went into hurry up mode and after a little bit of track work after qualifying the heat races for the late models were on the track.

Your heat race winners were Chad Simpson, Jason Feger, Chris Simpson & Ricky Weiss. In B-Main action we saw Mike Spatola and Scott Schmitt win and advance to the $15,000 to win show. Drivers Rodney Sanders and J.C. Wyman had to take a provisional to make the field.

In hurry up mode the feature was one the track before 8pm as Tony Izzo’s crew did a great job to move the show along and get the fans out of the cold.  At the drop of the green flag we saw Chad Simpson jump out to an early lead over his sibling Chris Simpson. After a couple early cautions Chris Simpson was able to fend off Ricky Weiss and get around his brother Chad. Once Chris got the lead around lap 25 he never looked back. Even a couple of late race yellows could not keep Chris from victory lane. The closest competition Chris had was a closing Rusty Schlenk who had his CJ Rayburn house car on the move before late race cautions stalled his pursuit of Simpson.

The $15,000 payday was Chris first win of 2018 for the Oxford, IA driver. The MLRA Series will be in action next on April 13th at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. The LaSalle Speedway’s next huge event will be coming up June 1st & 2nd when the stars of the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series will come to town for the Inaugural Salute the Troops 75 lap race paying $25,000 to win.

Results
Feature: Chris Simpson, Rusty Schlenk, Ricky Weiss, Chad Simpson, Brian Shirley, Shannon Babb, Mike Spatola, Dennis Erb Jr., Brent Larson, Mason Oberkramer, Jose Parga, Ryan Unzicker, Rob Toland, Joe Godsey, Rich Bell, Tony Jackson Jr., Will Vaught, Chad Finley, Rodney Sanders, JC Wyman, Jason Feger, Scott Schmitt

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Madden Dominates at “Boom City”

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Photo; Cole Perkins

St. Louis, MO (April 3, 2018) – The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series invaded “Boom City” for their 2nd race of the season, the 10th annual Ed Gibbons Memorial. The $10,000 to win event attracted 26 Super Late Models to Fayetteville, including the nearby Dunn-Benson Motorsports car of Illinois’ Bobby Pierce, and World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series regulars Chris Madden and Chris Ferguson. Former Ed Gibbons Memorial winners; Zack Mitchell, Dean Bowen, and Dennis Franklin were also in attendance.

For the 2nd race in a row, points leader Michael Brown of Pageland, South Carolina was fastest in hot laps. In qualifying, Chris Madden of Gray Court, South Carolina was fastest, over Bobby Pierce and multi-time Fayetteville winner Chris Ferguson. The 26 car field would be spit into three heat races, which would set the starting lineup for the $10,000 to win, 50 lapper.

Fast qualifier Chris Madden dominated to win Heat Race #1 over Michael Brown and Virginia’s Walker Arthur. Series Hall of Famer Doug Sanders led the first several laps in the second Heat Race, but the “Smooth Operator” Bobby Pierce slid underneath Sanders on lap three to win Heat #2. The final Heat Race went to “Fergy Time” Chris Ferguson, who led all 8 laps over Carolina Clash regulars Zack Mitchell, Ross Bailes, and Donald Bradsher.

The 26 car starting field was shortened to 25, as Rookie of the Year contender Larry Grube did not start after mechanical issues stopped him from finishing his Heat Race. “Smokey” Chris Madden led the field to green, leading the first lap over national touring series rookies Bobby Pierce and Chris Ferguson. The first caution came out on the second lap, GR Smith and defending Ed Gibbons Memorial winner Zack Mitchell pulled off and ended their nights early. The first 10 laps included 5 cautions, all of which for single and multi-car spins.

Chris Ferguson passed Bobby Pierce for second on lap 12, and held onto the position until 15 laps to go when Pierce took it back. A caution with 10 laps to go re-stacked the field, with Chris Madden leading over Pierce, Ferguson, Michael Brown and Justin Williams. With 4 laps to go, the caution flew once again. The #22 of Chris Ferguson crawled down the front straightaway slowly, pulling into the infield with a flat right rear tire, surrendering his third place position to Michael Brown. The drama was not over; with 3 laps to go, second place Bobby Pierce pulled off due to a broken rear end. Meanwhile, Madden continued to lead, and Brown would move into second, Justin Williams into third.

“Smokey” Chris Madden led all 50 laps to win the 10th annual Ed Gibbons Memorial at Fayetteville. Madden’s ninth Carolina Clash win all-time was worth $10,000. With 2 races compete, second place finisher “Downtown” Michael Brown keeps the Carolina Clash points lead with 240 points, over Burlington, North Carolina’s Donald Bradsher, and series rookie Adam Yarbrough. The next event for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series is the make-up race at Carolina Speedway on Friday, April 20th.

Carolina Clash Ed Gibbons Memorial Results:

1. 44 Chris Madden

2. 24B Michael Brown

3. 89 Justin Williams

4. 09 Johnny Pursley

5. 93 Donald Bradsher

6. 16 Ben Watkins

7. 79 Ross Bailes

8. 23B Matthew Bissette

9. 44R Brent Robinson

10. 22 Chris Ferguson

11. 57 Adam Yarbrough

12. 72 Mike Parker

13. 03 David Yandle

14. 42 Doug Sanders

15. 32P Bobby Pierce

16. 32 Dustin Mitchell

17. 11X Christian Thomas

18. 55 Dean Bowen

19. 5 Dennis Franklin

20. 23 Ryan Gifford

21. 87 Walker Arthur

22. 79L Roger Lucas

23. 22A Dale Arnold

24. 22 GR Smith

25. 57M Zack Mitchell

26. 29 Larry Grube (DNS)

Cole Perkins, STL Motorsport Magazine


Big Payday for Trent Ivey

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Photo: Justin Olmsted

St. Louis, MO (April 2, 2018) – Originally scheduled for March 24th, the 8th Annual Bill Hendren Memorial fell victim to cold temperatures & precipitation like many other races so far in 2018. After a week long postponement the South Eastern Crate Association (SECA) Late Model drivers were eager to visit “The Place Your Mama Warned You About” in Gaffney, South Carolina. This was the 2nd consecutive year that Cherokee Speedway hosted the 60 lap $5,000 to win race which is one of the richest payouts in the region for Crate Late Models.

A field of 21 cars qualified for the event with defending race champion, #88 Trent Ivey of Union,SC, posting the quickest time overall. The top 6 fastest cars were locked into the feature & everyone else would run 1 of 2 heat races. Joining #88 Trent Ivey in the top 6 were #44R John Ruggiero Jr. of Lincolnton, NC, #55L Matt Long of Concord, NC, #78R Thomas Robinson of Woodruff, SC, #18P Gray Parton of Rutherfordton, NC, #6B Dillon Brown of Gaffney, SC. The winner of Heat 1 was #75H Brett Hamm of Newberry, SC & Heat 2 was won by #55H Benji Hicks of Mount Airy, NC.

What had been a beautiful sunny day turned into a cold breezy night as 21 racers were ready to battle for the $5,000 prize. While the green flag was still waving #5S Hunter Stinnett was spinning on entrance to turn 1 causing a complete restart. Getting back up to speed in turn 2 #44 John Ruggiero Jr. slipped up allowing #55 Matt Long to pass him on the backstretch for the 2nd position. #8 Ron Parker of Belwood, NC spun in turn 2 on the third lap causing a caution. #44 John Ruggiero Jr. was able to reclaim the 2nd spot on the ensuing restart and #6 Dillon Brown grabbed the 4th position away from #78 Thomas Robinson.

On lap 8 #07 Dale Timms of Hodges, SC brought out a caution when he slowed in turn 4. The restart became a failed attempt when #18 Gray Parton spun in the middle of turns 3 & 4. Within 2 laps of the restart #44 John Ruggiero Jr. had fallen from 2nd to 4th & #55 Benji Hicks gained 2 spots moving him up to 5th. A heated battle for 7th between #67 Bryan Mullis of Rock Hill, SC, #08 Layton Sullivan of Gaffney, SC & #6P Furman Parton of Rutherfordton, NC continued for a few laps until the field stretched out & clicked off some laps during a long green flag run.

While navigating through lapped traffic #6 Dillon Brown began to close in on 2nd place running #55 Matt Long around lap 20. By lap 25 #44 John Ruggiero Jr. joined the tight battle for 2nd with #55 Benji Hicks, #78 Thomas Robinson, & #67 Bryan Mullis closing fast. On lap 26 #55 Matt Long lost 5 positions & fell to 7th, meanwhile #44 John Ruggiero Jr. was working to get around #6 Dillon Brown for 2nd & #67 Bryan Mullis was trying to pass #78 Thomas Robinson each able to complete the pass by the end of lap 28. On the next lap #6 Dillon Brown lost another spot giving up the 3rd position to #55 Benji Hicks. There was a short pause in the excitement until the yellow flag waved on lap 38 when #08 Layton Sullivan’s left rear wheel came loose while running inside the top 10.

#44 John Ruggiero Jr. had another bad restart when he washed up in turns 1 & 2 giving up 3 spots & then he lost the 4th position in turns 3 & 4 as #78 Thomas Robinson slipped by on the inside. #67 Bryan Mullis worked the inside of #6 Dillon Brown until the caution came out on lap 41 when #281 Kyle Pierce of Statesville, NC spun in the first turn after contact with #21 Owen Osteen of Woodruff, SC. On the restart #88 Trent Ivey was able to hold off the hard charging #55 Benji Hicks & #6 Dillon Brown was able to clear #67 Bryan Mullis. Meanwhile #21 Owen Osteen gained 2 spots when he split #44 John Ruggiero Jr. & #55 Matt Long moving up to 6th behind #78 Tomas Robinson. By the end of lap 42 #281 Kyle Pierce had already passed his way to the 9th position, one spot behind where he was running before the spin.

On lap 47 #55 Benji Hicks suffered a flat right rear tire which caused the yellow flag to be displayed. On the restart #281 Kyle Pierce was quickly able to get around #44 John Ruggiero Jr. & #6 Furman Parton. It didn’t take him long to get by #21 Owen Osteen for 5th, but he wasn’t able to progress further through the field.

“The Lil’ Headknocker” #88 Trent Ivey dominated the last 10 laps just like the previous 50 and captured the checkered flag to win his 3rd consecutive Bill Hendren Memorial. After clearing the scales he drove his Longhorn Chassis to the Cherokee Speedway SRI Performance Victory Lane, which seems to have become a 2nd home for the #88, and collected the $5,000 check.

The SECA Late Models look forward to next weekend as they debut their 2018 SRI Topless Tour at Friendship Motor Speedway in Elkin, NC. It will be a 40 lap $2,500 to win feature & pays $250 to start.

Unofficial Results:

1) Trent Ivey #88

2) Dillon Brown # 6B

3) Bryan Mullis #67

4) Thomas Robinson #78

5) Kyle Pierce # 281

6) Owen Osteen #21

7) John Ruggiero #44

8 ) Ron Parker #8

9) Cla Knight #18

10) Furman Parton # 6P

11) Hunter Stinnett # 5S

12) Benji Hicks # 55H

13) Matt Long # 55L

14) Layton Sullivan #08

15) Bradly Silvers # 75Jr

16) Brett Hamm # 75H

17) Gray Parton # 18P

18 ) Jeff Cooke #99

19) Bryson Harper # 20H

Justin Olmsted, STL Motorsport Magazine (Justin Racin’ On Dirt)


Pearson Uses Last Lap Pass to Win at Boyds

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Photo: Trevor Gonzo

St. Louis, MO (March 24, 2018) – After a month off due to weather the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series got back into action at Boyd’s Speedway. 45 Super Late Models from across the country gathered to compete for the $12,000 to win Shamrock. The evening started with Chris Madden turning the fastest overall time in Miller Welders qualifying with a lap of 13.966 sec.

In heat race action we saw Chris Madden hold off Canadian driver Ricky Weiss to pick up the heat 1 win. The second heat of the night saw World of Outlaw driver Brandon Overton hold of a charging Bobby Pierce at the checkers to win. In heat 3 last years Rookie of the Year Hudson O’Neal won over Earl Pearson Jr. And the final heat race of the night went to Scott Bloomquist as he held of local driver Corey Hedgecock for the victory.

With a loaded field of cars due to the cancellation of the weekend events for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series several Lucas regulars found themselves fighting to make the show through the B mains. Last years champ Josh Richards along with McCreadie, D. O’Neal, Davenport, Erb Jr and Satterlee all found themselves in the nights last chance events. Don O’Neal who started 8th made a run to the front and won the first B main. Josh Richards won the second B main to advance to the show. Drivers Gregg Satterlee, Tim McCreadie, Dennis Erb Jr. & Boom Briggs had to rely on provisional to make the 26 car field.

In the early stages of the 50 lap race we seen Chris Madden establish himself as a strong contender. Chris led the first 25 laps with Hudson O’Neal and Scott Bloomquist trying to chase him down. At lap 26 after getting around O’Neal, Bloomquist took the lead from Madden and seemed to be on cruise control running away from the field. But once Scott reached lap traffic the field was able to catch up to him and at one point the top 5 were all within a second or 2 of each other. With 5 to go Earl Pearson Jr was coming like a rocket on the inside groove. As the white flag waved Pearson Jr was within less than half a second to the back of Bloomquist. Off of turn 2 Earl got a huge run that let him get side by side with Bloomquist. Pearson rode the bottom line off four and won by a car length over Scott Bloomquist.  Early leader Chris Madden held on to third for the podium finish.  Young guns Brandon Overton finished 4th and Hudson O’Neal 5th.

The win Friday night was the second year in a row for Earl Pearson Jr at the Boyd’s Speedway early season event called ‘The Shamrock.” The series moves on to East Alabama Motor Speedway tonight for the 21st Annual Bama Bash paying $12,000 to win. Hotlaps are set to begin around 7pm ET.

Finish: 1.Pearson, 2.Bloomquist, 3.Madden, 4.Overton, 5.ONeal71, 6.McDowell, 7.Hedgecock, 8. Sheppard, 9.Weiss, 10.Pierce, 11.Lanigan, 12.Marlar, 13.McCreadie, 14.Jameson, 15.Owens, 16.ONeal5, 17.Richards, 18.Ownbey, 19.Davenport, 20.Millwood, 21.Buckingham, 22.Zeigler, 23.Satterlee, 24.Bronson, 25.Erb, 26.Briggs

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Superman Flies Away at Lancaster

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Photo: Cole Perkins

The 19th season of the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series kicked off on Saturday at the half-mile Lancaster Motor Speedway. After last Saturday’s rain out at Carolina, the tour headed to Lancaster, South Carolina to start the year with a $5,000 to win, 40 lapper. 14 Super Late Models were in attendance, featuring Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader Jonathan Davenport. Also in attendance were several past champions; Johnny Pursley, Ben Watkins, and Dennis Franklin, as well as defending Rookie of the Year Michael Brown and series Hall of Famer Doug Sanders. Two former Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Model Series champions Adam Yarbrough and Mike Huey also made the trip to Lancaster to chase the $5,000 payday.

In Hot Laps, “Downtown” Michael Brown set the fastest time. Brown also set the fastest time in qualifying with a 19.022 second lap, followed by Jonathan Davenport and Lancaster, South Carolina’s own Josh Langley. With three cars remaining in qualifying, the transponder system quit working, resulting in Larry Grube, Johnny Pursley, and Dennis Franklin getting another chance to set the fastest time. As soon as the transponder system was repaired, two lights on the back straightaway went out, causing another short delay.
With only 14 cars starting the race, Heat Races were scratched from the schedule and the starting lineup was set by qualifying times. Pageland, South Carolina’s Michael Brown and Pelzer, South Carolina’s Jonathan Davenport would lead the field to green. Plagued by a jumped start and cautions involving Josh Langley, Johnny Pursley, and Doug Sanders on the opening lap, the now 11 car field would take the green flag. Davenport took the lead early from Michael Brown, and started to fly away before several cautions stood in his way. On lap 12, a caution came out for front runner Ben Watkins who lost power and came to a stop. The most notable caution came with just 6 laps to go, for Ross Bailes who came to a stop against the wall. The single-file restart gave 2nd place Michael Brown a chance to stop Davenport, but “Superman” flew away from the field once again and dominated the closing laps.
Jonathan Davenport’s win at Lancaster was his 5th of the year, and 9th with the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series. Michael Brown, Donald Bradsher, Adam Yarbrough, and David Yandle rounded out the top five. Dennis “Rambo” Franklin crossed the finish line in 4th, but was disqualified for an illegal right-rear tire. 2nd place finisher Michael Brown leads the Carolina Clash points with 125 points over race winner Jonathan Davenport.

Lancaster Speedway 3/17/18 Race Results

  1. 49 Jonathan Davenport
  2. 24B Michael Brown
  3. 93 Donald Bradsher
  4. 57 Adam Yarbrough
  5. 03 David Yandle
  6. 29 Larry Grube
  7. 87 Ross Bailes
  8. 4 Mike Huey
  9. 357 David Todd
  10. 16 Ben Watkins
  11. 7 Josh Langley
  12. 09 Johnny Pursley
  13. 42 Doug Sanders
  14. 2 Dennis Franklin
Cole Perkins, STL Motorsport Magazine(Cole Perkins Productions)

Weiss Wins $6,400 at Toccoa Raceway

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Photo: Trevor Gonzo

March 18, 2018 Results

  1. #7W Ricky Weiss
  2. #50 Shannon Buckingham
  3. #8 David Payne
  4. #57 Zach Mitchell
  5. #1 Brent Dixon

Erb Sits on the Throne in Clarksville

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Photo: Tyson Graves

March 4, 2018

PLACE START DRIVER POINTS
1. 1. Dennis Erb (28)
Carpentersville, Il
65
2. 2. Jason Jameson (12J)
Lawrenceburg, In
59
3. 3. Tanner English (96)
Benton, Ky
58
4. 9. Austin Rettig (94)
Sikeston, Mo
57
5. 12. Greg Gokey (1G)
Buckley, Mi
56
6. 11. Levi Ashby (1A)
Cumberland Furnace, Tn
50
7. 17. Dean Carpenter (51)
Coldwater, Ms
49
8. 4. Caleb Ashby (61)
Cunningham, Tn
48
9. 15. Clint Nichols (7n)
Shelbyville, Tn
47
10. 10. Gavin Schmidt (19)
Tennessee Ridge, Tn
46
11. 19. Credence Mott (89M)
Vienna, Il
35
12. 16. Roben Huffman (33H)
Clinton, Il
34
13. 6. Tim Manville (33X)
Highland, Il
33
14. 18. Steven Ashby (16x)
Cunningham, Tn
32
15. 14. Larry Greer (9G)
Bowling Green, Ky
31
16. 21. Fred Perry Jr (0Jr)
Central City`, Ky
30
17. 8. Drew Wilkerson (78)
Ravenna, Mi
29
18. 7. David Seibers (18)
Chapel Hill, Tn
28
19. 20. Robert Ardry (127)
Lavergne, Tn
27
20. 13. Charles Zimmerman (93z)
Cunningham, Tn
26
21. 5. Scott Cook (13)
Shelbyville, Tn
25

Trent Young Flushes the Field at Clarksville

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Photo: Tyson Graves

March 4th, 2018

PLACE START DRIVER POINTS
1. 1. Trent Young (10Y)
Crofton, Ky
65
2. 4. Clayton Miller (15)
Elkton, Ky
59
3. 6. Tyler Nicely (25)
Owensboro, Ky
58
4. 8. Jamie Lomax (36L)
Lake Village, In
57
5. 18. Hunt Gossum (99)
Mayfield, Ky
56
6. 3. Allen Weisser (25W)
Peoria, Il
50
7. 9. Jay Ledford (7L)
Pontiac, Il
49
8. 5. Rick Conoyer (14)
Wentzville, Mo
48
9. 22. Lucas Lee (12)
Paris, Tn
47
10. 10. Nate Zimmer (32Z)
Charleston, Il
46
11. 21. Kevin Deyoung (13)
Demotte, In
35
12. 17. Brad Deyoung (7)
Wheatfield, In
34
13. 13. Dustin Golden (14A)
Bedford, In
33
14. 19. Michael Fish (4x)
Worthington, In
32
15. 24. Kendall Johnson (13K)
Hopkinsville, Ky
31
16. 20. Frank Marshall (28m)
Valparaiso, In
30
17. 15. Andrew Allen (25A)
Paris, Tn
29
18. 14. Wally Walker (7W)
Hopkinsville, Ky
28
19. 11. Justin McDaniel (3M)
Eddyville, Ky
27
20. 16. Ricky Arms (4)
Glasgow, Ky
26
21. 12. Hunter Willbanks (10w)
Lakeland, Tn
25
22. 25. Corey Schmidt (119)
Tennessee Ridge, Tn
24
23. 23. Timmy Hancock Jr (022)
Collinsville, Il
23
24. 7. Matt Markham (19M)
Fredonia, Ky
22
25. 2. Tim Hancock (0)
Mt. Olive, Il
21

Ewing Takes the Toilet Bowl in Clarksville

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Photo: Tyson Graves

March 4, 2018

PLACE START DRIVER POINTS
1. 1. Dakota Ewing (25E)
Decatur, Il
65
2. 2. Randy Shuman (39)
Danville, Il
59
3. 6. Allen Clm Weisser (61)
Peoria, Il
58
4. 9. AJ May (A9)
Creve Coeur, Il
57
5. 10. Darren Wireman (82)
Wheatfield, In
56
6. 16. Dustin Golden (14A)
Bedford, In
50
7. 5. Dean Morgan (D11)
Russellville, Ky
49
8. 4. Michael Zimmerman (93)
Clarksville, Tn
48
9. 15. Ashleigh Campbell (95A)
Clarksville, Tn
47
10. 11. Keith Richardson (95)
Cumberland City, Tn
46
11. 14. Michael Daugherty (3.14)
Lafayette, In
35
12. 17. Ricky Knight Jr (43)
Clarksville, Tn
34
13. 7. Hunter Blackwell (2B)
Clarksville, Tn
33
14. 8. Joe Mike (4M)
Mayfield, Ky
32
15. 12. Peyton Walker (2)
Paducah, Ky
31
16. 18. Graham Fate (1)
Peoria, Il
30
17. 13. Doug Belew (65)
Clarksville, Tn
29
DNS. 19. Timmy Boyd (7)
Smiths Grove, Ky
0
DQ. 3. Logan Brown (10B)
White Bluff, Tn
0

Sheppard Wins Finale & Madden Wins Big Gator

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Photo: Cole Perkins

Craftsman Club Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [5]; 2. 44-Chris Madden [3]; 3. 157-Mike Marlar [2]; 4. 7-Rick Eckert [18]; 5. 1r-Josh Richards [7]; 6. 1x-Chub Frank [27]; 7. 71-Hudson O’Neal [10]; 8. 17M-Dale McDowell [11]; 9. 9-Devin Moran [19]; 10. 39-Tim McCreadie [24]; 11. 25-Shane Clanton [23]; 12. 28-Dennis Erb [4]; 13. 0-Scott Bloomquist [1]; 14. 18c-Chase Junghans [16]; 15. 99B-Boom Briggs [9]; 16. 54-David Breazeale [17]; 17. 14m-Morgan Bagley [28]; 18. 2c-Joey Coulter [22]; 19. 31-Tyler Millwood [6]; 20. 22-Chris Ferguson [29]; 21. 75-Colton Flinner [30]; 22. 20-Jimmy Owens [13]; 23. 40B-Kyle Bronson [12]; 24. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [14]; 25. 72-Mike Norris [20]; 26. 116-Brandon Overton [25]; 27. 5-Don O’Neal [21]; 28. 49-Jonathan Davenport [15]; 29. C8-Timothy Culp [8]


Superman Shines In Shamrock Showdown

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Photo: Justin Olmsted

St. Louis, MO (March 18, 2018) – Following a rainout the previous weekend at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC; the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series traveled 41 miles southeast to Lancaster, SC for another attempt at starting their 2018 Tour. 14 drivers entered the St. Patrick’s Day race, each hoping for some luck to claim the $5,000 prize at the 1/2 Mile Lancaster Super Speedway.

          2017 Rookie of the Year “Downtown” Michael Brown #24 capitalized on a chance to race near his howetown of Pageland, SC by winning the $100 Parks Heating & Cooling Fast Time Award. Giving him an opportunity to start on pole alongside “Superman” Jonathan Davenport #49. South Carolina natives Josh Langley #7, Johnny Pursley #09, and Ben Watkins #16 rounded out the top 5 in qualifying.

          The first attempt to start the 40 lap feature was called off after Michael Brown accelerated before the green flag dropped. On the 2nd attempt Josh Langley crashed into the turn 1 wall thus surrendering his Row 2 starting spot. The other Row 2 starter, Johnny Pursley, crashed into the turn 1 wall on the 3rd attempt, collecting Doug Sanders #42 in the collision. The 4th attempt was the lucky charm for Davenport as he captured the top spot after Brown slipped up in turn 2. The pair traded some paint before Davenport completed the first lap as the leader.

          On lap 5 Ross Bailes #87 managed to get around, the 3rd place running, Donald Bradsher #93. The yellow flag waved on lap 13 when Ben Watkins slowed on the backstretch while running 5th. Once again it took multiple attempts to get the field back up to full speed. The flagman didn’t approve of the first attempt & David Yandle #03 spun coming to the green flag on the 2nd attempt. The 3rd attempt was a clean one and began a 22 lap green flag run that spread the field out around the fast 1/2 mile. A caution occured on lap 35 when Ross Bailes #87 slowed surrendering the 3rd position.Only 7 cars remained on the track for the 6 lap shootout.

          Jonathon Davenport had a clean restart, commanded the lead, and soared to victory in dominating fashion by leading every lap in his Durham Racing Engines powered Longhorn Chassis owned by Lance Landers. Michael Brown and Donald Bradsher joined him on the podium. Apparent 4th place finisher Dennis “Rambo” Franklin was disqualified when officails discovered an illegal right-rear tire. Both Adam Yarbrough #57 & David Yandle #03 had a good points night as they were each able to get a top 5 finish.

Lancaster Speedway 3/17/18 Race Results

  1. 49 Jonathan Davenport
  2. 24B Michael Brown
  3. 93 Donald Bradsher
  4. 57 Adam Yarbrough
  5. 03 David Yandle
  6. 29 Larry Grube
  7. 87 Ross Bailes
  8. 4 Mike Huey
  9. 357 David Todd
  10. 16 Ben Watkins
  11. 7 Josh Langley
  12. 09 Johnny Pursley
  13. 42 Doug Sanders
  14. 2 Dennis Franklin

Justin Olmsted, STL Motorsport Magazine(Just In The Dirt)


Night 2 at East Bay Goes to Burrows

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Photo: Mike Horne

42nd Annual Winter Nationals – East Bay Raceway Park 1/25/2018

Results 

Modifieds A-Feature 30-laps

  1. Shane Burrows  – 70B-Valrico, Fl
  1. Jeff Mathews    33 – Brandon, Fl
  1. Kevin Adams    40 – Cameron, Wi
  1. Bryan Bernhardt    69B – Clearwater, Fl
  1. Mavrick Varnadore      4 – Dover, Fl
  1. Phillip Cobb    03 – Dover, Fl
  1. Mark Whitener    5- Middleburg, Fl
  1. Roger Crouse    15 – Plant City, Fl
  1. Ivedent Lloyd Jr   311 – Ocala, Fl
  1. Travis Varnadore  205 – Dover, Fl
  1. Shon Flanary  98 – Surgoinsville, Tn
  1. Christian Thomas  7T – Wake Forest, Nc
  1. Bill Howard  47 – Apollo Beach, Fl
  1. Kyle Bronson  40B – Brandon, Fl
  1. Steve Miller  8s – Tampa, Fl
  1. Devin Dixon  2 – Apollo Beach, Fl
  1. Mike Potosky  20M – Guys Mills, Pa
  1. Tyler Nicely  25 – Owensboro, Ky
  1. Lucas Lee  12L – Paris, Tn
  1. Rick Conoyer  14C – St Peters, Mo
  1. Devin Gilpin  1G – Columbus, In
  1. Gary Bentley  A1 – St Charles, Mo
  1. David Reutimann  00D – Sherrills Ford, Nc
  1. Allen Weisser  25w – Peoria, Il

Street Stock A-Feature 15-laps

  1. Zack Amundsen  20 – Lithia, Fl
  1. Brian Morgan  9 – Okeechobee, Fl
  1. Thomas Pratt 22- Dover, Fl
  1. Charles Christian  04  -Altoon, Fl
  1. Justin Rodgers 95 – Lithia, Fl
  1. Tim Powers  44 – Okeechobee, Fl
  1. Dennis Williams 24 – Zephyrhills, Fl
  1. Scotty Kay Jr.69k – Loxahatchee, Fl
  1. Tim Gay 90 – Plant City, Fl
  1. Trent Wilson  33 – Okeechobee, Fl
  1. Craig Montesi  39 – Orlando, Fl
  1. Richie Stephens  2 – Phoenix City, Al
  1. Tommy Hill  1H – Clewiston, Fl
  1. Chris Combs  14  – Hamilton, Oh
  1. Jim Baker  69x – Gibsonton, Fl
  1. Jason Burnside  12J – Tampa, Fl
  1. Jason Harrison  69H – Montgomery, Al
  1. Christopher Combs  30  – Hamilton, Oh
  1. Richard Livernois  71 – Dover, Fl
  1. Buck Woodhouse  55 – Tampa, Fl

Kevin “Buzzy” Adams Wins at East Bay

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Photo: Mike Horne

Professional MotorSports Solutions
42nd Annual Winter Nationals – East Bay Raceway Park 1/24/2018
Results – All Classes

Modifeds A-Feature 25-Laps
40-Kevin Adams
B69-Bryan Bernhardt
5-Mark Whitener
70B-Shane Burrows
12L-Lucas Lee
1G-Devin Gilpin
311-Ivadent Lloyd, Jr.
25-Tyler Nicely
36-Kenny Wallace
4-Mavrick Varnadore
20M-Mike Totosky
33-Jeff Mathews
00D-David Reutimann
15-Roger Crouse
205-Travis Varnadore
21s-Seth Daniels
61-Butch Weiser
7-Brad Deyoung
88-David Pollen, Jr.
03=Phillip Cobb
40B-Kyle Bronson
7T-Christian Thomas
44c-KC Burdette
98-Shon Flannery
14C-Rick Conoyer

Street Stock A-Main 15-Laps
90-Tim Gay
24-Dennis Williams
9-Brian Morgan
71-Rich Livernois, Jr.
44-Tim Powers
95-Justin Rodgers
04-Charles Christian
12-Jesse Brown
22-Thomas Pratt
39-Craig Montesi
69k-Scotty Kay, Jr.
270-Matthew Grissom
2-Ritchie Stephens
1H-Tommy Hill
12J-Jason Burnside
69H-Jason Harrison
69x-Jim Baker
20-Zack Amundsen
14-Chris Combs
30-Christopher Combs
33-Trent Wilson
31-Henry Burnside (DNS)


Sheppard Takes Finale in Wild West Shootout, Marlar Takes The Points Title

Photo: Aaron Clay ( The Dirt Network)

St. Louis, MO (January 15, 2018) –

“A” Main (50 Laps):  1. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 2. 157-Mike Marlar, 3. 7w-Ricky Weiss, 4. 42s-Don Shaw, 5. 97-Cade Dillard, 6. 2T-Ryan Gustin, 7. 32p-Bobby Pierce, 8. 7mm-Michael Maresca, 9. 0-Jake O’Neil, 10. 15-Justin Duty, 11. 17-Billy Franklin, 12. 16-Austin Siebert, 13. 18-Chase Junghans, 14. 98-Jason Rauen, 15. 75-Terry Phillips, 16. 20-Rodney Sanders, 17. 32b-Clay Daly, 18. 37w-Scott Ward, 19. 44x-Clint Smith, 20. 20rt-Ricky Thornton, Jr., 21. 15v-Colby Vandenbergh, 22. 91T-Tony Toste, 23. 86-Kyle Beard, 24. 54x-David Breazeale.

Late Models
1 157 Mike Marlar 379
2 B5 Brandon Sheppard 351
3 42s Don Shaw 339
4 32p Bobby Pierce 313
5 7w Ricky Weiss 298
6 97 Cade Dillard 255
7 32 Chris Simpson 246
8 2T Ryan Gustin 211
9 37W Scott Ward 203
10 O1 Garrett Alberson 200

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Weiss Picks Up 2nd Win in Arizona

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Photo: Aaron Clay (The Dirt Network)

St. Louis, MO (January 14, 2018)   Ricky Weiss picked up his second win of the Wild West Shootout last night in Arizona.  Going into the last race this evening only him and Don Shaw have a shot at a $10,000 bonus if either one of them can come up with the win tonight.  Both drivers have won 2 races of the Wild West Shootout. Mike Marlar is the other feature winner so far this year in Arizona and hold the point lead for the mini-series. He leads Brandon Sheppard by 30 points and Don Shaw by 36.  The two drivers Bobby Pierce and Chris Simpson round out the top 5 in points but neither one of those drivers have shown the muscle they had last year when they were the class of the field every night.  Tonight’s show pays $13,000 to win, go to DirtOnDirt.com to catch the LIVE pay per view at around 4:15p.m. CT.

“A” Main (40 Laps):  1. 7w-Ricky Weiss, 2. 97-Cade Dillard, 3. 2T-Ryan Gustin, 4. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 5. 42s-Don Shaw, 6. 37w-Scott Wrard, 7. 54x-David Breazeale, 8. 157-Mike Marlar, 9. 7mm-Michael Maresca, 10. 96rc-R.C. Whitwell, 11. 01-Garrett Alberson, 12. 32p-Bobby Pierce, 13. 18-Chase Junghans, 14. 32-Chris Simpson, 15. 20rt-Ricky Thornton, Jr., 16. 90-Lance Matthess, 17. 86-Kyle Beard, 18. 75-Terry Phillips, 19. 32b-Clay Daly, 20. 16-Austin Siebert, 21. 17-Billy Franklin, 22. 10n-Rob Sanders, 23. 37x-Rob Mayea, 24. 15k-Justin Kay.

 

Late Models
1 157 Mike Marlar 313
2 B5 Brandon Sheppard 283
3 42s Don Shaw 277
4 32p Bobby Pierce 267
5 32 Chris Simpson 239
6 7w Ricky Weiss 237
7 O1 Garrett Alberson 197
8 97 Cade Dillard 195
9 37W Scott Ward 182
10 54X David Braeazale 164

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Marlar Finds Victory Lane in Wild West Shootout

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Photo : Aaron Clay (The Dirt Network)

St. Louis, MO (January 13, 2018) – It took night 4 in the desert but Mike Marlar finally picked up a win in the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout. Being the most consistent driver after the first 3 events had put Mike on top of the mini-series points but he was yet to find victory lane.  Last night he put his #157 Delk Equipiment Servies Rocker Chassis in the Hoker Trucking victory lane holding off night 1 winner Ricky Weiss and Bobby Pierce.

Action will continue tonight with round 5 and on Sunday with the $13,000 to win finale and crowning of the points champ. You can see all the action LIVE on DirtOnDirt.com.

Friday night results:

“A” Main (30 Laps):  1. 157-Mike Marlar, 2. 7w-Ricky Weiss, 3. 32p-Bobby Pierce, 4. 32-Chris Simpson, 5. 98-Earl Pearson, Jr., 6. 97-Cade Dillard, 7. 37w-Scott Ward, 8. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 9. 20-Rodney Sanders, 10. 89-Mike Spatola, 11. 96rc-R.C. Whitwell, 12. 42s-Don Shaw, 13. 20rt-Ricky Thornton, Jr., 14. 32b-Clay Daly, 15. 37x-Rob Mayea, 16. 18-Chase Junghans, 17. 01-Garrett Alberson, 18. 7mm-Michael Maresca, 19. 16-Austin Siebert, 20. 15k-Justin Kay, 21. 15v-Colby Vandenbergh, 22. 17-Billy Franklin, 23. 90-Pat Doar, 24. 44x-Clint Smith. 

Points after round 4:

1 157 Mike Marlar 266
2 32p Bobby Pierce 229
3 B5 Brandon Sheppard 221
4 42s Don Shaw 221
5 32 Chris Simpson 210
6 7w Ricky Weiss 164
7 O1 Garrett Alberson 164
8 89 Mike Spatola 142
9 97 Cade Dillard 131
10 37W Scott Ward 130

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Shaw Goes Back to Back In The Desert

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Photo: Aaron Clay (The Dirt Network)

St. Louis, MO (January 11, 2018) –  Ham Lake, MN Don Shaw has been the surprise so far at the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout in Arizona.  Going back to back with his feature win last night Don has flexed his muscles in the desert. The 2017 WISSOTA Late Model Series Champion held off Bobby Pierce in the closing laps to pick up another $5,000 payday at the FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway.  New Berlin, IL driver Brandon Sheppard finished 3rd, Mike Marlar 4th, and Manhattan, KS driver Chase Junghans rounded out the top 5.

The 6 race mini-series will take Thursday off and be back in action Friday and Saturday for $5000 to win each night. The series will wrap up on Sunday with the $13,000 to win finale.  Don Shaw still has a chance at one of the big Keyser Manufacturing Bonus’ heading into the weekend. But when asked he said lets take one race at a time. New Dunn Benson driver Bobby Pierce commented that he is getting more acquainted with the new Rocket Chassis and hopes to have a successful rest of the weekend.

“A” Main (30 Laps):  1. 42s-Don Shaw, 2. 32p-Bobby Pierce, 3. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 4. 157-Mike Marlar, 5. 18-Chase Junghans, 6. 32-Chris Simpson, 7. 01-Garrett Alberson, 8. 54x-David Breazeale, 9. 37w-Scott Ward, 10. 16-Austin Seibert, 11. 51-Joey Moriarty, 12. 89-Mike Spatola, 13. 90-Pat Doar, 14. 86-Kyle Beard, 15. 91T-Tony Toste, 16. 15-Justin Duty, 17. 75-Terry Phillips, 18. 7d-Austin Theiss, 19. 37x-Rob Mayea, 20. 7mm-Michael Maresca, 21. 17-Billy Franklin, 22. 44x-Clint Smith, 23. 32b-Clay Daly, 24. 97-Cade Dillard.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Shaw Steals One In The Wild West

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Photo: Aaron Clay (The Dirt Network)

St. Louis, MO (January 8, 2018) –   It was an upset in the desert last night as we saw some of the best racing ever in the Wild West Shootout. The WISSOTA Late Model Series driver Don Shaw in his Moyer Victory Chassis passed Bobby Pierce with four laps to go to capture the $5,000 payday in the second round of the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout at the FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway.

Bobby Pierce was the pole sitter after drawing the pole in the redraw.  Overcoming an engine change after his heat race the Smooth Operator from Oakwood, IL had the lead for the first half of the race.  Just before halfway he got a strong test from first round winner Ricky Weiss.  The two young drivers traded sliders back and forth until just after halfway the two made contact that resulted in Weiss making contact with the track exit in turn 1 and brining out the yellow as Ricky’s night was finished.

On the last two restarts Don Shaw moved himself in position to challenge for the lead, and on the last restart Don got around Mike Marlar and set his eyes on Pierce.  Running a line just a little lower than Pierce, Shaw was able to take the lead with 4 to go and cruise on to Hoker Trucking victory lane.  Marlar finished 3rd for the second night in a row, Ryan Gustin 4th and World of Outlaws Champ Brandon Sheppard brought home another top 5.  Saturday night’s second place finisher Chris Simpson had a mechanical failure and was unable to finish.

“A” Main (40 Laps):  1. 42s-Don Shaw, 2. 32p-Bobby Pierce, 3. 157-Mike Marlar, 4. 2T-Ryan Gustin, 5. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 6. 75-Terry Phillips, 7. 54x-David Breazeale, 8. 89-Mike Spatola, 9. 86-Kyle Beard, 10. 20-Rodney Sanders, 11. 44x-Clint Smith, 12. 01-Garrett Alberson, 13. 6-Ricky Thornton, Jr., 14. 0-Jake O’Neil, 15. 91T-Tony Toste, 16. 32b-Clay Daly, 17. 3k-Tanner Kelick, 18. 96-R.C. Whitwell, 19. 37w-Scott Ward, 20. 15k-Justin Kay, 21. 18-Chase Junghans, 22. 32-Chris Simpson, 23. 7w-Ricky Weiss, 24. 15-Justin Duty, 25. 97-Cade Dillard.

The Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout will resume on Wednesday night with Round 3.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Canada’s Weiss Comes Out Guns Ablaze in Arizona

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Photo: Aaron Clay (The Dirt Network)

St. Louis, MO (January 7, 2018) – After giving up the lead midway through the 40 lap affair Ricky Weiss took the lead back with 7 to go to pick up the $5,000 check in Hoker Trucking LLC victory lane. The Canadian driver said it felt good to win with such a tough field of competitors.

Chris Simpson of Oxford, IA set overall fast time and finished 2nd for the 4th time in the last 5 races of the Wild West Shootout going back to 2017. The 2017 World of Outlaws Champ Brandon Sheppard finished 4th after starting 8th. Winfield, Tennesse Mike Marlar finished 3rd, a nice rebound from the 2017 Wild West Shootout where he lost two motors and was forced to leave the mini series early. The new Dunn Benson driver Bobby Pierce had 4th overall fast time but started 14th in feature and only improved to 12th as he adjusts to that new Rocket Chassis.

“A” Main (40 Laps):  1. 7w-Ricky Weiss, 2. 32-Chris Simpson, 3. 157-Mike Marlar, 4. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 5. 01-Garrett Alberson, 6. 42s-Don Shaw, 7. 97-Cade Dillard, 8. 16-Austin Siebert, 9. 75-Terry Phillips, 10. 90-Lance Malthees, 11. 86-Kyle Beard, 12. 32p-Bobby Pierce, 13. 2T-Ryan Gustin, 14. 0-Jake O’Neil, 15. 18-Chase Junghans, 16. 89-Mike Spatola, 17. 20-Rodney Sanders, 18. 12-Nick Bartels, 19. 96rc-R.C. Whitwell, 20. 15-Justin Duty, 21. 7d-Austin Theiss, 22. 37-Scott Ward, 23. 3k-Tanner Kellick, 24. 15k-Justin Kay.

Round 2 of the Wild West Shootout continues tonight at the FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway. LIVE PPV begins around 415 central time on DirtonDirt.com

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Dirt Late Model Season Gears up in the Wild West

St. Louis, MO (January 5, 2018) – The off season has become a thing of the past for dirt late model racing. Tonight when the first practice of the Wild West Shootout gets underway it will be only 3 weeks since Bobby Pierce hoisted the trophy at the 2nd Annual Gateway Dirt Nationals.  The six race mini series in Arizona called the Wild West Shootout sponsored by Keyser Manufacturing and FK Rod Ends has turned into the season kickoff event for late model racing.

When you think of the field of cars we will see this weekend at Arizona Speedway there is no arguing that this event is turning into a prestigious event.  With top national drivers across the US mixing it up with top regional drivers from the Midwest and West, we are bound to have some great racing on our hands over the next week and half.

There are many story lines to follow this weekend. The biggest, of course, will be centered around the famed 32 car sporting the new Dunn Benson paint scheme. The Wild West Shootout will be the debut for the new team out of Dunn, North Carolina. Returning as last years mini-series champ Bobby Pierce will have hurtles to overcome to repeat as champ. In January of 2017 Bobby won 3 of the 4 races before rain shortened the series and kept him from cashing in on one of the big bonuses. He has a new team, moving from his family owned team to the Dunn Benson Motorsports team. He is in a new chassis, switching from the Pierce Platinum to the Rocket XR1.  The hype, the pressure, the new everything makes us all wonder just how fast Bobby will be out of the box in Arizona.  One thing is for certain the Arizona Speedway is somewhere comfortable for him to spread his wings in his new ride. We are sure it won’t be long before Bobby is running up front.

Other storylines that will be forming over the weekend will be the 2017 World of Outlaws Champion Brandon Sheppard coming to race in his family owned Rocket Chassis. Brandon is a threat to win anywhere he goes, back last summer Brandon rolled off several wins during the Hell Tour in his families equipment so don’t count him out of being able to take home one of the bonuses. The Winfield Warrior Mike Marlar will be making the trek back to Arizona after motor issues plagued him in 2017. Mike recently signed up to run the World of Outlaws tour in 2018. Mike established himself as a contender everywhere he went in 2017 winning in several states and several different series.

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We will see veterans Billy Moyer and Jimmy Mars also starting their seasons off in Arizona.  Billy Moyer had a win in the 2017 mini-series and has had success in the past in January out west.  The Iceman Jimmy Mars will bring his MB Customs #28 from the frigid Wisconsin tundra to the warm Arizona climate in search of success.  The seasoned veteran line up adds a nice diversity to the field of racers.

If we had to pick a challenger, a driver to watch this year in Arizona it would be none other than Oxford, Iowa Chris Simpson.  Last year, besides Bobby Pierce, Chris was the most consistent driver of the mini-series.  Notching three 2nd place finishes and one 3rd place finish Chris proved to the field that he could make the bottom go fast and challenge the high side cushion pounding Pierce.  I look for Chris to be a threat and pick up at least a couple wins and possibly set himself up to challenge for one of the bonuses and the Wild West points title.

Other drivers expected to run out west are: Justin Kay, Austin Theiss, Terry Phillips, Brent Larson and more!

You can watch all 6 nights of action LIVE on PPV at DirtOnDirt.com. Tonight’s open practice will be FREE to stream at DirtOnDirt.com.  Tune in to see who all has shown up to race!

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Ferguson announces Rookie of the Year run in 2018 World of Outlaws Series

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St. Louis, MO (January 2, 2018) –  Today via social media Chris “Fergy” Ferguson announced that in 2018 he will run for the Rookie of the Year crown on the Craftsman World of Outlaws Late Model tour. The established racer from Mount Holly, NC with wins in many different regional and  national series says he is ready for the move to a national tour in 2018.  Chris has 2 career victories on the World of Outlaws tour, he also picked up his first Lucas Oil Late Model Series win in July of 2017 at Fayetteville Motor Speedway.

Chris says his team has matured and sponsors have stepped up to give him the opportunity to race on the National level in 2018.  He is excited and ready to get the season rolling at Screven Motor Speedway on February 9th during the Winter Freeze that kicks off the World of Outlaws Season.

Our Tyson Graves caught up with Fergy on the phone today, listen to what he had to say about 2018, past racing experiences, where the name “Fergy” came from and his emotional win at Cherokee Speedway for Ginger Owens. Click on interview below…..

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Pierce & Dunn Benson Eye Lucas Oil Title In 2018

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St Louis, MO (December 30, 2017) – Today on the Dunn Benson Motorsports page the announcement came that all Pierce fans were waiting to hear. What series was the Smooth Operator going to run in 2018? Bobby Pierce will pilot the Dunn Benson Rocket Chassis in the Lucas Oil Late Model Series in 2018.

Last month Pierce shocked the world with the announcement that he would leave his father’s Pierce ride to get behind the wheel of the famed Dunn  Benson Motorsports car in 2018. At that time no announcement was made as to what series they would compete in. Dunn Benson has deep roots in the Lucas Oil Series and does not come as a surprise to many that the Lucas Oil Series was their choice.

Co-owner Kemp Lamm said the Lucas Series has the best TV coverage that would give new sponsor Campbell University the publicity they deserve. Dunn Benson will start their 2018 campaign this coming week in Arizona for the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout. Bobby is the defending series champ and just missed a huge bonus if for not rain spoiling the last two events in 2017. The Dunn Benson Motorsports hauler is set to stop in Oakwood, IL and pick up the 2 brand new Rocket Chassis that Bob Pierce Sr has put together for his young phenom son on the way to Arizona.

Bobby tried his hand at the Lucas Oil Series back in 2013 when he was only 16 years old. After he had a nasty flip at Tazewell Speedway in Tennessee he pulled off the tour and ran the Summer Nationals Series. Since then Bobby has ran his own schedule, a mixture of Lucas, World of Outlaws, Summer Natioanls and crown jewel events. The three time Summer Nationals champ does expect to run select Summer National races that don’t conflict with the Lucas Oil Series.

After a trip to Arizona over the next two weeks we will see Bobby head to Georgia/Florida speedweeks. The 2016 World 100 Champ is excited to have a chance to chase his dream and run one of the toughest National tours around. His fans are anxious to see what 2018 holds for the 21 year old.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine 


Chris Tilley Acquires MARS Series for 18

St Louis, MO (December 29, 2017) – Chris Tilley has a passion to see dirt racing grow and be all it can be. He has made a deal with William Scoglin, the owner of Clarksville Speedway to take over the helm of the Mars Dirt Car Series in 2018.  Chris is already head of the Iron Man Series’ and works with Ray Cook running the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern National Series’. He has done a fantastic job building relationships and establishing himself as a driving force in the promoting world of dirt racing.

We cannot wait to see what 2018 brings for the well established MARS Series.  The amount of tour stops and dates have yet to be determined at this time, but Chris says he is working hard to get the schedule released as soon as he can. He has told us that the season will start as normal with the opening round being the Tuckasse Toilet Bowl Classic on March 2nd & 3rd. The events will pay $3,000 and $5,000 to win. We do know that both the series will return to the one tour and not have separate East and West divisions as in 2017.

Chris is busy this weekend with his Iron Man Series’ as they run the 8th Annual Hangover special at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN. Hot laps are set to start at Noon on Saturday for this event.  Go to 411motorspeedway.net for all the details.

Listen below to hear what Chris had to say about the MARS acquisition and discussion on the Southern Nationals rule changes Ray cook has put in effect for 2018 to try to increase safety and have less rollovers in the future.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Pierce Wins To Close Out 2017

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St Louis, MO (December 16, 2017)

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Christmas Comes Early for Bollinger

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St Louis, MO (December 16, 2017)

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Young Guns Gundaker & O’Neal Strike In Prelim Action Under The Dome

St. Louis, MO (December 15, 2017) – Friday night was an electric night inside the Dome as the crowd doubled in size for the prelim events leading up to tomorrow nights finale at VP Racing Fuel Gateway Dirt Nationals. 97 Late Model drivers from across the country had their eyes set on a top 4 finish to guarantee themselves a starting spot in the $30,000 to win show coming tomorrow night.

Tonight the dome was filled with action as the track came in and provided great side by side racing throughout the heat and consolation races.  There were a couple of violent wrecks including a car destroying flip by Austin Hubbard in his Holiday sled sporting wrap.  He walked away un injured but was a scary moment for all watching for a minute. Chris Fetter also had a scare after going airborne and spinning near the track entrance going into turn 1. He also was uninjured.

The racing got more intense and less give was given as drivers had to take all the real estate available to try to get to the front and transfer to tonight’s A mains. Transferring into an A main tonight meant a shot at finishing in that top 4  in one of the 2 features, guaranteeing a lock into the $30,000 to win finale on Saturday.

At the end of the night we saw two of the rising stars in Dirt Late Model racing take to victory lane.  In the first prelim feature event we saw the Lucas Oil Series Rookie of the Year, Hudson O’Neal cross the checkers first.  At the age of 17 years old, Hudson is turning heads as he has improved all year long and even sat on the pole for the 2017 World 100 back in September at the famed Eldora Speedway. Hudson said “It still hasn’t really sunk in yet.” as he talked to us about his win. The Dome creates such a dramatic atmosphere and celebration from Hudson of beating his roof and fist pump showed how much it meant for him to win on that big of a stage.  Hudson plans to run the famed Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Oklahoma next month as well.

In the second prelim feature we seen a maturing Gordy Gundaker lead flag to flag and not only winning in his hometown and a track build by his father, but the biggest win of his young career.  Gordy’s parents Kevin and Tammy Gundaker, the owners of Tri City Speedway in Granite City, IL, are the track building specialists that Cody Summers hired to construct the 1/5 mile track inside the Dome.  Gordy coming off his second season following the Summer Nationals tour where he finished 3rd in points, has been maturing into a more smooth and competitive driver. Gordy won the track championship at Tri-City Speedway in 2017, and he told us back in October that his 2nd place in the Hearld & Review 100 gave him confidence knowing he had what it takes to compete at higher levels.

The win was an emotional one as we saw his parents embrace in the infield after Gordy passed the start finish line and do donuts in turn 3 for the fans.  Gordy’s passion was shown after exiting the car, pounding the roof, and then the fist pumps and stomping on the car.  He embraced his parents as his father had the biggest smile and his mom wiped tears away. It was a popular win for the St Louis Racing Community.

Others locked in the show for Saturday are Billy Moyer, Jason Welshan, Bobby Pierce, Tyler Carpenter, Chad Zobrist, & Tanner English.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Tanner Mullins Takes Friday Night at Gateway Dirt Nationals

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St Louis, MO (December 15, 2017)

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St. Louis, MO (December 14, 2017) – Last year there were tons of naysayers saying it couldn’t be done. This year people are dying for the first cars to hit the track.  The 2nd Annual VP Fuel’s Gateway Dirt Nationals invades downtown St Louis for the weekend.

Cody Summers, the mastermind behind this big event, had a vision and he had enough guts to go for broke and attempt to bring Late Models & Open Wheel Modified’s inside for a weekend before Christmas thriller last year. This event has become a huge stop in the National Late Model ranks. Last year we saw some of the best racing of the entire season. One of the greats of all time Scott Bloomquist of Moorseburg, TN won the inaugural event paying $20,000 to win. Tommy Seets Jr. won the Modified portion in 2016.

This year the purse has been increased with the top prize of $30,000 going to the winner on Saturday night.  Tonight the event will kick off with qualifying in both classes and a $5000 to win Race of Champions with the top Dirt Late Model racers in the country going at it.

Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, owners Kevin and Tammy Gundaker have teamed up with Cody Summers to build the 1/5 mile track inside the Dome. It was an almost 2 week process with over 400 truck loads of dirt brought inside.  Gundaker built an awesome track in 2016 and we don’t expect anything less in 2017. There have been some small changes to the track to widen the straightaways and make the track a little longer this year.

There are still tickets available at the door. Action starts at 3pm each day. Get down to the Dome and check out the greatest action you will see anywhere!!!

STL Motorsport Magazine will have exclusive coverage at the Dome this weekend on all our social media pages. Follow us to see LIVE content from driver interviews to victory lane celebrations.  We like to thank Burromax & Race Ugly Speed Shop for their partnering for the coverage of this event.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


PRI Show Day 2 Headlines

Ray Cook and Chris Tilly announced the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals schedules for 2018.

Timothy Culp announced he will run the World of Outlaws tour last night during the 2018 season.

Florida Driver Kyle Bronson announced he is going to run for Rookie of the year on the Lucas Oil Late Model Series in 2018. He will switch to Longhorn by Weaver and run Andy Durham power plant.

Brandon Sheppard confirmed that he will defend his title on the World of Outlaws tour in 2018. Tyler Erb also confirmed he will run WoO as well in 2018.

Chase Junghans announced that he will return to the World of Outlaws tour in 2018 after dropping off the tour part way through in 2017.

Georgia driver Donald McIntosh announced he will make a run at Lucas Oil tour in 2018 and compete for Rookie of the year. No announcement on sponsor at this time.

The Lucas Oil banquet was at the Lucas Stadium to crown champ Josh Richards and RoY 17 yr old Hudson O’Neal. Dennis Erb Jr was not able to attend because his mother passed away. Gregg Saterlee attended with his wife while their new child is in the NICU back home, they hope to have baby home by Christmas.

More info and detailed stories to come from this years PRI show….stay tuned.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


PRI Show Day 1 Headlines

Brian Shirley announced as the new driver in the GR Smith ride for 2018 and will chase the World of Outlaws schedule

Mike Marlar hinted that he will look to run the World of Outlaws tour in 2018, an official announcement to come out on Friday possibly at PRI, this comes a day after Mike announced his entry into the Wild West Shootout in January 2018.

Minnesota driver Brent Larson also announced he will run for Rookie of the year in 2018 on the World of Outlaws Late Model tour.

The Hell Tour and Summit Modified Nationals UMP Summer Nationals tour schedules were reveled today as well. The two series will share most of the same dates, except for the Modified finale at Fairbury, of course, at the Prairie Dirt Classic Weekend. The tour will launch on Jun 13th at Peoria Speedway.

The World of Outlaws Late Model series announced that there will be changes to the redraw procedures for 2018 and a change to the tow money dispersion.

It was a jam packed day or announcements at PRI, our Tyson Graves will be LIVE at PRI on Friday and will bring us all the breaking news, and follow up on stories that have already broke on this crazy silly season.

More info and detailed stories to come from this years PRI show….stay tuned.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Pierce heads to Dunn-Benson seat in ’18

St. Louis, MO (November 30, 2017) –  Bobby Pierce will leave his family owned ride to pilot the Dunn Benson Motorsport Late Model in 2018.  The Dunn Benson team will be switching from Longhorn Chassis to Rocket XR1’s in 2018.  Bobby will be relocating to Dunn, NC to work on the car daily.  His Hall of Famer Father Bob Pierce was also hired by the team and will be the crew chief coming to the track on the weekends.

In an exclusive interview with STL Motorsport Magazine today Bobby confirmed that his dad’s business will remain in operation. They will continue to build the Pierce Platinum Mods and Late Models. But in addition Bob will become a Rocket Chassis dealer.  The team is still yet to make an announcement on what their race schedule will be for 2018.  They will start 2018 by running the Keyser Manufacturing Arizona Shootout in January.  In our interview with Bobby he spoke of the Gateway Dirt Nationals being his final race in his family owned equipment before moving to the Rocket Chassis in 2018.  This will be a different endover for as Bobby has only drove Chassis built by his father.

Campbell University will be the primary sponsor for 2018. Many of Bobby’s current sponsors will be coming along with the move to Dunn Benson. Allgayer, Inc. , Premier Waste Services, & Champion to name a few.  Bobby said he was surprised by the call to come drive for Dunn Benson and gave him a boost of confidence as a driver.

The new car will be unveiled next week at the PRI Show in Indianapolis. Bobby will also make an appearance to sign autographs and give away some free stuff.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine

Check out the full interview below

 

Smokey Chris Madden to the Barry Wright House car for 2018

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Photo: Cole Perkins

St Louis, MO (December 2, 2018) – Today Chris Madden dropped the next surprise in the dirt late model silly season. Chris announced that he will be teaming up with Barry Wright for the 2018 season. Chris drove for Barry Wright in the past and with Barry’s shop close by it made sense to entertain the idea of teaming up. Chris says he will carry the #44 and his sponsors into the 2018 deal. It is undetermined at this time as to what the schedule for next year will look like for the team. Chris finished 2nd in points on the World of Outlaws Late Model National tour in 2017. Chris had 8 feature victories in 2017, including a $15,000 dollar payday at Merritt Speedway back in August.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine