Alfredo making jump to K&N Series

Anthony Alfredo announced today that he will be joining the reigning NASCAR K&N East Champions, MDM Motorsports for the 2018 season. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series, which includes the East and the West divisions, is the top step in NASCAR’s developmental ladder before drivers progress to the three-national NASCAR Series, the Camping World Truck Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. “MDM is a great team with proven success at the next level. I would like to thank them for allowing me to become a part of their team. I am grateful for this opportunity and plan to make the most of it.” said Alfredo.

Anthony Alfredo is an 18-year-old race driver from Connecticut who has emerged as one of the brightest prospects for future NASCAR Cup Series stardom. Anthony was selected to drive for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s JR Motorsports (JRM) team in the Late Model division of the ultra-competitive CARS Tour in 2017, and finished a close second in the championship to his much more experienced teammate, Josh Berry. Anthony topped off the season by winning the Southeast Limited Last Model Pro Division, driving for Lee Faulk Racing and Development.

Alfredo is also driving under the Ranier Racing Development program with top NASCAR talent scout Lorin Ranier. Anthony will be teaming up with Crew Chief and former Goody’s Dash Series Champion Robert Huffman.  “For as little racing experience as he (Anthony) has, I think he has done a great job in his career thus far,” said Huffman. “I’m looking forward to working with him this year.  Finishing second in the CARS Tour Championship by just a few points to someone like Josh Berry shows he already has the ability to run with top competition.”

“I’m really excited about joining MDM Motorsports this year to race for the K&N East Championship.  I am looking forward to working with all of the great individuals that are a part of their team and cannot wait to get to New Smyrna Speedway for our first race on February 11, 2019.” said Alfredo.

Chilly Willy 150 Current Entry List Released

With the 5th Annual Chilly Willy 150 at Tucson Speedway just over one week away, the anticipation level is growing. For West Coast racing fans, the anticipation grew even more late Tuesday as track officials released the first look at the entry list for the upcoming $10,000-to-win Super Late Model contest.

As expected, many local favorites are expected to show up and defend their home asphalt, with veterans Chuck Wares and John Lashley leading the home guard, while hometown young guns like Sean Bray will look to prove themselves against the experienced roster.

Super Late Model stalwarts from all across the west will also be shooting for the $10,000 prize including 2017 Summer Showdown winner Preston Peltier, Bruce Yackey, Christian McGee, and Ron Eaton.  Former race winners Tayler Riddle and Owen Riddle will also be looking to become the first two-time race winners.

Canada’s British Columbia already has a trio of drivers set to make the long journey south in one week’s time with Brandon Carlson, Darrell Midgely, and BC hall-of-famer Tom Berrow entering the fray.

While these 35 teams are confirmed with the track, expect more drivers to throw their names in come race day, such as Noah Gragson, Ron Norman and Matt Levin who have expressed their intentions to go for the 10 grand.

The full entry list for the race can be viewed below…

Registered Super Late Models as of 1/17/18

#01 – Ron Searle Jr. – Tucson, AZ

#1 – Jay Fields – Pueblo West, CO

#4 – Brandon Schilling – Tucson, AZ

#6 – Dane Jorgenson – Sierra Vista, AZ

#7 – Ron Eaton – Lakewood, WA

#07 – Chuck Wares – Tucson, AZ

#8 – Mariah McGriff – Vail, AZ

#08 – Jace Hansen – Denver, CO

#10 – Owen Riddle – Naches, WA

#12M – Christian McGhee – Ontario, CA

#12Y – Bruce Yackey – Greeley, CO

#13 – Ned Champine – Mescal, AZ

#14 – Vanessa Robinson – Las Cruces, NM

#15 – Tayler Riddle – Naches, WA

#22B – Paul Banghart – Tucson AZ

#22E – Chris Eggleston – Thornton, CO

#23 – Curtis Lansing – Tucson, AZ

#25 – Brandon Farrington – Tucson, AZ

#26 – John Newhouse – Twin Falls, ID

#29 – Jeff Wade – Paul, ID

#32 – Brett Yackey – Greeley, CO

#34 – Rudy Vanderwal – LaSalle, CO

#37 – Mike Longton – Moxee, WA

#43 – Kody Vanderwal – LaSalle, CO

#47 – Steve Blankenship – Tenino, WA

#48 – Preston Peltier – Brighton, CO

#51 – Sean Bray – Tucson, AZ

#53 – Nathan Gasser – Lochbuie, CO

#60 – Scott Graf – Toledo, OR

#65 – Gary LaVoie Jr. – Maricopa, AZ

#81C – Brandon Carlson – Central Saanich, BC, Canada

#81M – Darrell Midgley – Sidney, BC, Canada

#84 – Tom Berrow – Surrey, BC, Canada

#88 – John Lashley – Tucson, AZ

#91 – Chris Atkinson – Cheyenne, WY

Mayer to JRM in 2018

Sam Mayer has been named to JR Motorsports’ championship-winning Late Model program for 2018. The 14-year-old native of Franklin, Wis. will take the seat of the team’s second entry for the season, hoping to continue the run of success the team has had over the past several years.

Mayer, son of former IndyCar and road racing star Scott Mayer, will join 2017 CARS Late Model Stock Car Series champion Josh Berry as a teammate for 2018. The younger Mayer, who began racing go-karts at the age of 4, ended his first Late Model campaign in 2017 on the strength of three victories and 13 top-10 finishes. Mayer ended the season with a fifth-place run in the prestigious Myrtle Beach 400, a race that Berry won to cap his season.

“We’re very happy to have a young driver of Sam’s caliber join us here at JR Motorsports,” said L.W. Miller, director of motorsports at JRM. “He’s accomplished a lot in his career already, including against the top Late Model talent in the Southeast, and he definitely has all the qualities we look for on the track and off it.”

The breakout 2017 season for Mayer also included a full slate of US Legend Car Series events, and the young driver won the US Legend Car Winter Heat Championship, the Summer Shootout and US Legend Car Asphalt Nationals.

“It will be a really exciting experience, to know that I’m with a top NASCAR team and a top Late Model team,” Mayer said. “I hope to be really competitive and have lots of fun while doing it. I’m confident with the way the team is going to treat me and the car, and excited about seeing what we can do together and what we can accomplish.”

JR Motorsports is coming off a two-year stretch in which its Late Models have won 26 races in 97 starts. Berry has claimed 21 race victories in that span, while drivers Anthony Alfredo, Christian Eckes and Scott Bishop combined to add five wins to the total.

Now in its 17th year of competition, the JRM Late Model program has scored 40 victories in the last three seasons and track championships in 2012 and 2014. Berry also won the CARS Late Model Stock Car owner championship in 2016 and the driver title in 2017.

-JRM Press Release-

Disavino hopes to make his name known this season

Article By: Leon George / Photo By: Andrew Fuller

Daybreak Farm, in Chesterfield County, is about 20 miles from Richmond, Virginia. An unobtrusive sign informs everyone the one-lane wide, asphalt driveway, is for private use. The pastoral serenity of the 90-acre farm quickly makes you forget having to cope with the almost always rush-hour traffic jam of Route 360. It’s easy to think you’re in the heart of farm country, 100 miles from Richmond. The man-made pond, Lake Howie, immediately catches your eye when you get out of your car. The chicken coop, solar panels, and immaculate landscape hint at a modern-day gentleman farmer operation.

Once the garage door is opened you realize you’re at the home of DiSavino Racing. The car, number 55, is stripped down, every part of it being prepared for the 2018, 12-race schedule at Southside Speedway. Memorabilia from earlier races hang on the garage walls. A retired, half-scale size car sits next to the full-size vehicle they will run at Southside Speedway. The clean garage is a far cry from a grease-pit. The owners already in the mindset of a NASCAR level team.

Howard DiSavino III, Howie, started his racing career on the Arena Racing circuit. He was 13- years-old, driving a half-scale size, 22-horsepower car around an indoor track. Two years later, in 2017, he debuted at Southside Speedway behind the wheel of a full-size, 450-horsepower Late Model Stock Car. If his career moved any faster he would have Dale Jr in his rearview mirror.

The tale of the two Howards began when an eight-year-old Howie came home from school one day with free tickets to an Arena Racing race night. The sights of the cars and the crowd, the sounds of the engines and the cheers of the fans mixed with the fumes from the cars racing around the indoor oval track made it a thrilling night. But, Howie knew from the first moment, that being a spectator wasn’t enough. He wanted to drive. Howard Jr, his dad, likes to joke about how if he only knew then what that night would lead to he may not have taken his son to the races! This is not a father pushing his son to do something; this is a father honoring his son’s passion.

Neither of them knew anything about NASCAR before Howie was bitten with the racing-bug. Howard looked at the sport as a bunch of drivers turning left. A bunch of grease-monkeys hanging around a dirty garage. He quickly realized he couldn’t be more wrong about the sport. The more they learned what needed to be done to be successful, at every stage of the sport, the more they gained an appreciation for the people involved. The science behind a successful car was eye opening. The warmth and comradeship of their competitors and the track’s owners was as humbling as fans becoming tire night sponsors (one race’s tire cost is $650). Howie learned to stick-shift a week before his first Late Model Stock Car race and stalled on the track his first time out. Since then he has become a Top 3 finisher.

“Run Your Car Not Your Mouth” is the credo of DiSavino Racing. It’s easy to use buzzwords like throwback and old school with that credo as your foundation. In many aspects they are fitting descriptions. The entire team is focused on doing what’s right not what’s easy. They view doing it the easy way instead of the right way and trash-talk as shorts cuts to disaster. They refuse to lean on any excuse be it about the car or the other drivers or their inexperience. Excuses are an unwanted distraction. While a win is always the goal, at this level, finishing unscathed is the next best thing. This is not a hobby they dabble in, this is serious business. At a cost of at least $25,000 per year for a 12-race schedule, this is Howie’s college education, and a NASCAR victory is his PHD.

Stock car racing, at every level, is a sponsorship business. To be safe and successful means there is no skimping on cost. Saving a few dollars here and there doesn’t just cause a bad finish, it could cause a serious injury. Top-of-the-line equipment from the fire suit and helmet to the nuts and bolts of the car isn’t cheap. It’s as much about safety as it is about winning. Amsoil and Mass Mutual are two of the national level sponsors along with regional sponsor Colonial First Mortgage to name just a few of the partners of DiSavino Racing. They partner with DiSavino mostly because they believe in the future of a now 16-year-old young man, named Howard DiSavino III. There is always room for like-minded sponsors to partner with the team. The entire DiSavino team is like a second family that comes together off the track as well as on focusing on the races.

They are not so single-minded and focused on racing that they forget their community. Last year, Howie raised over $6,000 for the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign through the American Cancer Society. The fundraising was a personal need as well as a gratifying accomplishment since Howie’s mom has survived three different types of cancer. The family and members of the racing team can frequently be seen helping out at the Chesterfield Food Bank. Howie will be competing in every race at Southside Speedway during 2018. Junior Johnson, Bobby Allison and Richard Petty have all driven at Southside Speedway during their NASCAR careers. Howard DiSavino III intends to add his name to that illustrious list of NASCAR drivers that took on the 1/3 mile oval track.

The fans keep them humble. The competition keeps a fire-in-their-belly. Getting to NASCAR keeps them hungry.

SMRS announces 2018 Schedule

The 2018 Southern Modified Racing Series schedule includes visits to six tracks, all in the State of North Carolina.  Caraway Speedway, Concord Speedway, Hickory Motor Speedway and Orange County Speedway return from 2017.  After a year absence, Tri-County Motor Speedway returns to the series.  The Hudson, NC racetrack was part of SMRS in its inaugural season in 2016.  The new addition to the tour is Eastern North Carolina’s Carteret County Speedway.

“We have our core tracks returning; we also added Tri-County back from the first year and the race there was absolutely awesome,” said Renee Hackett, Series Director for SMRS.  “There is also the new addition of Carteret County Speedway, a great venue.  I’ve got quite a lot of feedback from the teams and they are very excited with the new schedule.”

The 2018 season and a busy month of March gets going at Caraway Speedway on Sunday, March 11 with the 99-lap season opener.  The weekend will also include a test day for teams on Saturday.

“We are very excited for opening day on Sunday, March 11.  To help teams break-in their equipment for the season, we are also going to have a test and tune day on Saturday, March.  This should give everyone some extra time to prepare for Sunday.”

From there SMRS moves to Concord Speedway for the first time in 2018 with the longest race of the season, 125 laps on Saturday, March 24. SMRS Mods join the Super Late Models of the Pro All Stars Series at Hickory Motor Speedway during the Easter Bunny 150 on Saturday, March 31.  The Modifieds will compete in a 75-lap feature. The second event at Caraway is on the schedule for Saturday, April 14, with Twin 50s on that day.

The spring portion of the 2018 season concludes on Friday, May 25 with SMRS running 75 laps at Concord Speedway, once again a combo show with the PASS Super Late Models during the Old Glory Night at the famed tri-oval.

Caraway will host a mid-summer bout on Saturday, July 7 with a 71-lap feature. The half-mile will also be the site of the beginning of the fall portion the SMRS schedule, with Twin 53’s on Saturday, August 25. Carteret County Speedway will host SMRS for the first time in history, during Labor Day Weekend, on Sunday, September 3. SMRS will head to Caraway Speedway one last time in 2018, on Saturday, September 8 for a 75-lap event.

The season concludes with three more 75-lap events at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 22, Tri-County Motor Speedway Saturday, October 6, and Orange County Speedway on Saturday, October 20.

Josh Parrish Photo

PASS Releases 2018 South Schedule

Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials announced several dates today for the 2018 PASS South Super Late Model schedule. The South’s original and longest running Super Late Model tour will be highlighted in 2018 by beginning the season with two of the biggest and most prestigious races in the region. With seven dates confirmed, the PASS South Super Late Models will compete on at least five different venues over the course of the 2018 season, with one date left to confirm and up to two more events possibly to be announced by mid-January.
“We believe this schedule should work well for our racers in and outside the southeast region in 2018,” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “We realize everyone is busy and we have worked very hard to avoid any conflicts with other series or track schedules. We’re very appreciative for all of our enthusiastic track owners that have partnered with us again for our 13th season of racing in the South. We’ve got several big things on the burner for next year and are excited for the possibilities.”
The 2018 season will start on, February 23-24, at Dillon Motor Speedway with the 13th Annual South Carolina Clash. After a very competitive race last year, the 200 lap event will once again be the first contest of the 2018 PASS National Championship Series, asphalt Super Late Model racing’s only true national championship.
The PASS South Super Late Models will then move to the Tarheel State for the 13th Annual Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 31. Hickory, the longest tenured track on the PASS South circuit dating back to 2006, will once again hold the biggest and most traditional Super Late Model race in the Carolinas. As always, the Easter Bunny 150 is expected to attract some of the top short track racers in the country for one of the most sought after trophies in the sport.
In May, the series will move to one of the fastest and most unique tracks in the country. PASS will expand its relationship with Concord Speedway by again hosting the Old Glory 125 on Friday night, May 25 as part of the big Memorial Day weekend festivities in the Charlotte area. The famed triangular half-mile, known for its legendary Big 10 Series, will once again also see the PASS South Super Late Models as part of the 16th Annual North-South Shootout on November 9-10. Additionally, PASS will be the exclusive sanctioning body for Super Late Models at Concord Speedway in 2018.
The PASS South Super Late Models will also return to two of the Mid-Atlantic’s most exciting speedways in 2018 with a couple of 150 lappers. Orange County Speedway will host the series on Saturday night, July, 21 before the tour moves to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, August 11 for a twin bill with the NASCAR Late Model Stocks.
PASS will close out the 2018 season by crowning the series champion at the 13th Annual Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 200 at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, November 17. Final confirmation for any other dates will be released by January 20. Additional information on support divisions will also be announced in the near future.
Look for the release of the 2018 schedule for the PASS North Super Late Models and the remainder of the PASS National Championship Series dates to be released in the near future.
2018 PASS South Super Late Model Schedule
February 24 Dillon Motor Speedway Dillon, SC
March 31 Hickory Motor Speedway Hickory, NC
May 25 Concord Speedway Midland, NC
July 21 Orange County Speedway Rougemont, NC
August 11 South Boston Speedway South Boston, VA
November 9-10 Concord Speedway Midland, NC
November 17 Hickory Motor Speedway Hickory, NC
– Dates Subject To Change
– Additional Dates Could Be Added


-Pro All Star Series PR-

Rouse to compete for BMR in 2018

Bill McAnally Racing announced today that Cole Rouse will join BMR to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in 2018.

The 20-year-old driver from Fort Smith, Arkansas will contend for the championship in the West division of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and race in select events in the East division, driving BMR’s No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota Camry.

This marks the return of Rouse to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, where he registered four top-five and 12 top-10 finishes while finishing eighth in the championship standings as a rookie in 2016.

This past season, he raced for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the CARS Super Late Model Tour, where he captured a championship. He also made starts in the ARCA Midwest Tour, the ARCA CRA Super Series, the ARCA Racing Series, the Southern Super Series, and the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour in 2017.

“It’s great to have Cole join the BMR team,” said BMR President Bill McAnally. “We’ve watched his development and with the potential he’s displayed, we anticipate great results for BMR’s partners and fans. We look forward to chasing a championship together.

“Cole comes to us with a lot of racing experience,” McAnally said. “That should be beneficial in getting a quick start to the 2018 season.

“We will work hard to continue the success we’ve had in recent years with the NAPA Filters Toyota and I know Cole will do a great job on and off the track in representing BMR and our partners,” McAnally said.

Rouse said he is eager to join the BMR team and return to the series.

“I’m excited to be with BMR next year in the NAPA Filters Toyota,” Rouse said. “Bill does a great job of getting the right people to make the program thrive. BMR was the most dominant team in the West this past year and I think we will be in the coming year, too.

“My goal for the year is to win the championship in the West,” he said. “I think we have a really good shot at it.”

Rouse began his racing career at the age of 14, competing in mini-cup cars before advancing to late model competition in 2013. He captured attention in 2015 when he led a race-high 145 laps of the All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, before mechanical trouble left him to finish fifth.

BMR captured its third straight title in 2017 and eighth K&N West championship overall – a record for the series and the NASCAR Regional Touring level.

(Photo – ARCA Racing Series)

Higgins to compete Full Time in SEST Series in 2018

As the 2017 season has came to a close, few drivers and teams have already began to prepare for the 2018 Season. Many are tearing their race cars apart and going through them from front to rear. Many are searching for sponsors for the up coming season. Not many young teenagers have their life long goals and dreams drawn out, however in
this case fourteen year old Ashton Higgins from Weaverville, NC is set to compete full time in the Southeast Super Trucks in the 2018 season.

Why is this so important? This kid has already set a tough standard, capturing the 2017 Southeast Super Stock Championship and Rookie Of The Year. He had a stellar season, with Five wins, Eleven top five, and twelve top Ten finishes out of twelve races. Not to mention the several pole awards claimed. The ALH Motorsports Team has purchased a truck for the 2018 season attempting to capture another Championship and Rookie Of The Year. Ashton will be piloting the #9 Fastlane Towing Chevrolet Silverado next season.

The young driver out of the ALH Motorsports stables has already made one attempt in the Southeast Super Trucks on November 4th at Anderson Motor Speedway. What does Ashton do? He qualified on the pole in his first attempt against some of the most fierce competition, several short track veterans Lee Tissot, Kenneth Headen, Randy Porter, Martin Nesbitt, Jeff Caldwell, Ralph Carnes. He not only put the Mike Green/ Kenny
Campbell Motorsports Truck on the front row, but let everyone know he meant business and ran up front until mechanical failure took him out of contention.

For more information you can follow Ashton and his career on his Facebook page ALH Motorsports.

-SEST Press Release-

50th Annual Snowball Derby Weekend Review

Article/Photo By: Brad Newman

(Pensacola, FL) As most of you know, this was my first time in attendance at the Snowball Derby at Five Flags. To say that I had high hopes for the weekend would be an understatement. So many of my friends had been that I really felt left out so I booked my hotel and made sure I was going to the event this year. The festivities pre and post-race are absolutely incredible. The food is great, the people are as nice as can be, the racing is excellent and it really is a race fans dream. I told my friend that it’s kind of like a party, a concert, a fair and a race all mixed into a five day weekend of nonstop fun. I will undoubtedly be making my return to this event in 2018.

I arrived Thursday night just in time for Snowball qualifying the next day. Throughout the weekend it really did look like it could be Bubba Pollard’s race to lose. He was wicked fast in all the practices, but as were a few of his competitors, like Monster Energy Cup Series Champion, Kyle Busch. There were a little over sixty entries and most of them were separated by a few tenths in all of the practices, which is unheard of. The Snowball was more of a crapshoot, Bubba looked very fast but Choquette, Grill, and Anderson all were very fast in their respected practices.

Once Snowball qualifying rolled around the atmosphere changed, it’s like everyone was on pins and needles with each car taking its time. Peltier sat down a crazy fast lap early on in qualifying and to many peoples surprise, it stuck. Bubba Pollard would roll of second and Augie Grill third. Many big names didn’t make the show on time like Derek Kraus and Rich Bickle for starters. The Modified race would end Friday night’s festivities, Augie Grill passed the leaders and set sail afterward winning this event.

Saturday was really the first day things began taking off in terms of real racing. Snowflake qualifying was in the early afternoon and Bubba Pollard to no surprise parked his #26 machine on the pole. The drivers that transferred from the Last Chance race were Carson Hocevar, Scott Tomasik, Joe Graf and Elliott Massey. Also, the drivers that transferred from the Snowball Last Chance were Derek Kraus, Tyler Dippel, David Rogers and Jerry Artuso. With the conclusion of these Last Chance races the Snowflake and Snowball fields were set. The Snowflake field rolled off later that night, and the Snowball the day after.

Pollard and Choquette led the field to the green in the Snowflake. These two exchanged the lead on multiple occasions restart after restart, but Pollard held off Choquette almost every time. A huge pile up on a restart took out over ten cars early on in this event, names like Cole Anderson, Augie Grill, and others received significant damage. Bubba Pollard did, in fact, hold off the field to win the Snowflake portion of the Snowball derby followed by a hard-charging Spencer Davis and Anthony Cataldi.

The Pro Truck race was set to roll off next, one of the more exciting events of the weekend. The field was led to the green flag by Jarrett Parker and Steven Davis. Early contact between Cody Haskins and the leaders resulted in a lot of tore up Trucks and a new face in the lead, DJ Vanderlay. Bubba Gale was on the hunt to the front before he was involuntarily spun in a three-wide situation going into turn three for the lead. DJ would hold off the field after multiple attempts of a Green-White-Checkered. With the conclusion of this race, the racing for Saturday would be over, but the party had just started in Pensacola. Post-race festivities are one of the highlights of the Snowball weekend and Saturday’s is nothing short of incredible.

The Snowball Derby field was ready to get rolling Sunday morning. The pre-race activities include giveaways, meet and greets at the fan fest tent, driver introductions and more. Once the field was introduced Peltier and Pollard led the field to the green, Pollard jumped out to an early lead. Laps passed by extremely fast and we received our first caution around halfway, Peltier would end up passing Pollard on the outside to lead a handful of laps. Another caution would be brought out around lap 80 which drew the leaders to pit road….except for Ty Majeski.

Ty would lead the field for a while as a huge pile up out of two collected a lot of very fast race cars including your pole sitter Peltier and Stephen Nasse. Majeski would lead until he was passed by Kyle Busch, who had newer tires. Unfortunately for Ty this run would be well over one-hundred laps and he lost not one, but two laps during this cycle. Another caution came out later in the race and the leaders once again came to pit road, this time it was for good. Choquette, Pollard, and Busch would all take tires and race it out for the win the remainder of the race. Choquette passed Pollard early and led until about thirty to go and here comes Kyle Busch would have managed his equipment throughout this final run. Busch passed Pollard and Choquette with ease and straightaway-ed his competition in under twenty laps to win his second career, Snowball Derby. Choquette would finish second, and a dissatisfied Pollard, the fan favorite to win this event would round out your top three.

Snowflake 100 Results:

1             26P        Bubba Pollard

2             5D          Spencer Davis

3             00A       Anthony Cataldi

4             9JC        Jeff Choquette

5             112G     Augie Grill

6             43S        Justin South

7             51SN     Stephen Nasse

8             78          Corey Heim

9             95G       Derrick Griffin

10          18R        Casey Roderick

11          14H       Carson Hocevar

12          99N       JR Niedecken

13          46W      Cole Williams

14          22D       Steven Davis

15          12L        Dan Leeck

16          26CS     Chandler Smith

17          51K        Zachary Knowles

18          51F        Eddie Fatscher

19          00C        Brandon Curren

20          55BO    Brandon Oakley

21          16T        Scotty Tomasik

22          24D       Mason Diaz

23          14O       Connor Okrzesik

24          21P        Ryan Paul

25          2A          Austin Wood

26          24          Christopher Tullis

27          97A       Cole Anderson

28          30K        Bobby Knox Jr

29          15J         Jake Johnson

30          R7          Ryan Worsham

31          21J         Brandon Johnson

32          04          Corey Roper

33          51P        Perry Patino

34          11M      Jordan McCallum

35          12G       Joe Graf

36          4M        Elliott Massey

Snowball Derby Results:

  1. 51 Kyle Busch
  2. 9C Jeff Choquette
  3. 26 Bubba Pollard
  4. 12 Harrison Burton
  5. 13 Cassius Clark
  6. 18 Casey Roderick
  7. 26S Chandler Smith
  8. 81 Chase Purdy
  9. 99 Raphael Lessard
  10. 20 Brandon McReynolds
  11. 32D Tyler Dippel
  12. 18G Noah Gragson
  13. 75 Jeremy Doss
  14. 53J Boris Jurkovic
  15. 53B Cole Butcher
  16. 00 Anthony Cataldi
  17. 91 Ty Majeski
  18. 4 Kyle Plott
  19. 15 Christian Eckes
  20. 36 Dan Fredrickson
  21. 19 Kason Plott
  22. 5 Jerry Artuso
  23. 55 Spencer Davis
  24. 07 Corey LaJoie
  25. 46 Cole Rouse
  26. 11R David Rogers
  27. 14 Chris Davidson
  28. 01 Jake Crum
  29. 112 Augie Grill
  30. 14C Connor Okrzesik
  31. 5M Mason Mingus
  32. 48 Preston Peltier
  33. 9K Derek Kraus
  34. 2W Donnie Wilson
  35. 11B Logan Boyett
  36. 51N Stephen Nasse
  37. 88 Garrett Jones

Borst reflects on MBS win, looks ahead to Thanksgiving Classic

Article/Photo by: Josh Parrish

Lucama, NC – Jacob Borst from Elon, NC is quickly becoming one of the hottest drivers in limited late model competition. In 2015, Jacob finished second in the nation in quarter midget competition, racing in multiple states, such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan, Connecticut, Alabama, Maryland, Ohio and Indiana. After quarter midgets, Borst transitioned to the Allison Series, where he posted a fifth place finish in the championship standings (after missing the opening four races due to age restraints) and also became the youngest winner in the division’s history.

Most recently, Borst put his #25 Nichols Dodge Chrysler Jeep Limited Late Model in Victory Lane at Myrtle Beach Speedway in the SELLM Series Challenger Feature. Myrtle Beach is a track Borst says he always looks forward to. ” I ran at Myrtle Beach Speedway last year in the Allison Legacy series. It was on my second Allison Legacy start and I won the pole and finished second in the race. Myrtle Beach has been good to us for sure!” This was Borst’s first win in the Challenger Division and second Limited Late Model win overall.

Borst also competed in the Pro Division at Myrtle Beach where he qualified 9th out of an impressive field of 40 cars. Unfortunately his strong effort was cut short after being involved in one of many wrecks that occurred in the 100 lap feature. This resulted in a 26th place finish.

Next weekend, Borst will be making his maiden voyage to Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, NC as he will be competing in the Limited Late Model division as part of the 17th Annual Thanksgiving Classic.

For Borst’s team, winning is always the goal but they are aware of the tough competition that will be at The Classic. “We always go with the goal of winning but we know that will be tough. We have had fast cars all year and are confident that we can run in the top 5 and have a shot at the win.”

So far, drivers such as Mini Tyrell, Akinori Ogata, and Karl Budzevski have all pre-registered for the Limited Late Model division ahead of the Thanksgiving Classic.

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U.S. Short Track Nationals returning in 2018

For the second consecutive season, the world’s best short track racers will descend upon The Last Great Colosseum when Bristol Motor Speedway again hosts the Short Track U.S. Nationals, May 18-20.

The second annual running of the signature event will be sanctioned by five different racing organizations and brings together six elite short track racing categories to compete on the high banks of The World’s Fastest Half-Mile in one spectacular weekend of action.

“Last year’s Short Track U.S. Nationals showcased an epic weekend of competitive racing in six different categories,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager at Bristol Motor Speedway. “Seeing the best-of-the-best in the short track racing world take to the signature high banks of Bristol was a sight to behold. We anticipate this to be an even better event in 2018.”

Champion Racing Association powered by JEGS (CRA), who took the lead sanctioning role in developing this event, will be co-sanctioning the Super Late Model race with the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS, The CARS Super Late Model Tour (CARS) and the Southern Super Series (SSS). CRA also will oversee the action for the crate late model event with their JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet and the Street Stocks with their Lawrence Towing/CRA Street Stock Series. The CARS officials will oversee the Late Model Stock portion of the event with their CARS Late Model Stock Tour. The compacts will be organized and overseen by the Vore’s Compact Touring Series while the Modified portion of the weekend will be sanctioned by a Midwest based Touring Modified organization to be named at a later date. The Short Track U. S. Nationals is being presented by Vore’s Welding & Steel.

The inaugural event featured nearly 350 cars on track, leading the Short Track U.S. Nationals to join the likes of some of short track racing’s most revered events, including the prestigious Snowball Derby in Florida, Indiana’s famed Winchester 400 and Nashville’s All-American 400. The event featured 13 different winners who added their names to Bristol lore among multiple features in six divisions. Winners included soon-to-be fulltime NASCAR Cup Series driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Myatt Snider, Cole Williams and Chad Poole, among others.

Specific details of the event regarding daily schedules, additional racing information, parking and more will be released in the coming weeks. Information on tickets, camping and general details will be announced at a later date. Those who are interested can stay tuned to BMS’ social channels and for updates.

-CARS Tour Press Release-

Amber Lynn Seeking Redemption at the Beach

Article By: Brad Newman

Amber is an eighteen year old, second generation racer from Walkertown, North Carolina. Her father Ron, competed in the ARCA Series in the early 1990’s and has passed on his tradition to his youngest, Amber. She has raced up and down the East-Coast and competed everywhere she’s been, in pretty much everything she’s sat in. From go-karts to asphalt Late Model Stocks there’s only been one place that she felt like she’s left something on the table at, and that is Myrtle Beach speedway.

The 2017 season has almost come to a close for Amber and her team with the exception of the November SELLM Myrtle Beach event. This will be her third attempt at running this event. Last year she had a great car for both the Friday and Saturday race (Challenger Friday, Pro on Saturday). Last year she faced obstacle after obstacle in both races. In the Challenger race, she started in the first few rows, and quickly moved up to third in a few laps. She was attempting to pass the second place car when he slid up the track (Amber was running the higher lane) by doing this Amber caught his right rear and sent him around. Neither driver received any damage by Amber was black flagged by the Speedway for “rough driving.” The restart after receiving this penalty she was collected in an incident on the restart which ended her night. The Saturday race didn’t go much better, she was spun out coming off turn two with about ten laps to go ending her night then, as well.

Though Amber has had a wave of bad luck, much out of her control she heads into this weekend’s event with a positive outlook. The team’s goals are to contend for a win in both events, but most importantly getting the finish they deserve after all these years. Through all the adversity she has faced at this facility she still considers it one of her favorite race tracks that she’s ever stepped foot in. Myrtle Beach is a half mile asphalt-ish surface that has been weathered by the ocean air over decades of time, while also being paved with seashells it makes for a very entertaining surface. Amber has somehow found a way to run this race track to where she can save her equipment and tires while still making passes and gaining ground on competitors.

She is coming off an extremely successful 2017 rookie campaign at Bowman Gray Stadium where she collected three wins, rookie of the year, hard charger, and overall rookie of the year for the Stadium. She also collected multiple top five’s and a win at Caraway in their Charger division. Amber will once again be racing in the Challenger and Pro events at Myrtle this year, Challenger Friday and Pro are Saturday. This will also be the last asphalt event she runs this year before her and the team gear up for a 2018 campaign at Bowman Gray.

Keep an eye out for her black AND white car(s) this weekend at Myrtle Beach Speedway for the Myrtle Beach 250.

Kluge looking for solid finish in SELLM debut

Article By: Josh Parrish

(Myrtle Beach, SC) –  This weekend, Nashville, NC native Jonathan Kluge will be making his limited late model debut at Myrtle Beach Speedway. This will not only be his first time racing a Limited Late Model, but also his first time at the track. Kluge will be competing in the South East Limited Late Model Series 50 Lap Challenger Division feature on Friday night.

Kluge said his main goal is ultimately to just learn. “My goal is to learn all I can and keep the nose on it and complete all the laps. Of course I’m going hoping to win but if as long as I finish I’m happy. I really feel like I’ll have a good shot at a great finish if not a win with my dad Mike Bushee and good friend Adam Resnick calling the shots, just going to have to find us a good spot and ride and save tires so we will have something in the end.”

Kluge will be driving the #5 Limited Late Model that is owned by Resnick, “I’m Very blessed for this opportunity Adam Resnick has giving me.”

Most recently Jonathan competed at the the 2016 Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports park where he finished 3rd in the Street Stock Feature. “I’m more then ready to get back behind the wheel after almost a year of not racing”, said Kluge. Looking ahead to this weekend, we asked him about transitioning from the street stock division to limited late models “I think I will have really good car control. I learned in a street stock that you really have to drive them hard and manhandle them”

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Clements confident ahead of Myrtle Beach 250 weekend

Article by: Josh Parrish

(Myrtle Beach, SC) – Swansboro, NC native Brandon Clements is one of the most well known Mini-Stock competitors on the East Coast. He has scored a total of 21 wins so far this season at multiple tracks in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Clements nearly captured the Track Championship at Wake County Speedway this year after leading the points for the majority of the season, but just fell short after being caught up in an incident in the season finale.

On November 11th, Clements will try and add another win to his already impressive 2017 season while competing in the Mini-Stock portion of the Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway (MBS). Clements has had success at MBS, as he has scored 4 wins there in the past.

We asked Clements about his confidence going into the event. “Going in to it very confident, we had a really good car there earlier this year scoring two wins. We are going with a different car but it should be even faster.” said Clements.

The final race at MBS is known to attract some of the greatest Mini-Stock drivers on the east coast.  Clements said, “I think the Thrasher Racing team will be bringing two really strong cars and as always A.J. Sanders will be quick, but this year hearing that the field will be stacked with really fast cars from all over”

The one thing that is synonymous with the speedway is the presence of extreme tire wear. When someone mentions the track, the first thing that comes to most people’s mind is tire conservation. “Picking a good spot to ride to keep the fenders on it and not burning the tires up is key and then going at the right time” said Clements, when asked about the key to winning at MBS.

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Up and Down the ranks with Cale Gale

Article/Photo by: Brad Newman

Cale Gale may be a household name for some, but not all. To your average spectator, Saturday’s Truck race at Martinsville is just another race where a rich kid can buy a seat and try to compete at a short track. For Cale Gale, this time, it’s something different. Gale hasn’t sat in the seat of a Camping World Truck since the 2013 season, since then he has raced in just about everything BUT the NASCAR’s top three series.

Cale Gale got the call from Shane Huffman, MDM Motorsports and his longtime partner Rheem about a month ago asking him if he’d like to pilot the #99 machine around the paperclip for the Fall Martinsville race. Of course, Cale said yes. But let’s rewind a bit to the 2012 NCWTS Season where Cale had a full-time ride with ESR with Rheem has his exclusive sponsor. He ran well that season, it wasn’t his first shot in the NWCTS, but, it was his first full-time season. In the final event of 2012 Cale and crew chief Jerry Baxter pulled off an amazing strategy call, which earned Cale his first and last NCWTS victory. Cale Gale beat Kyle Busch in his own playground, at his own game that night. And, unfortunately even with an emotional victory lane speech and an excellent showing of talent on the track, Gale remained in limbo for the 2013 season.

During the next calendar year, Cale competed almost full time at the famed Bowman Gray Stadium running Sportsman, and winning races. While doing this he also had the birth of his first child, Camber Gale. Cale continued to crew chief and mentor Brandon Jones in ARCA and K&N, while juggling a newborn and helping his father Bubba run their business, Gale Force Suspension Management. He started a couple NCWTS races near the end of the year and had great showings, finishing thirteenth at Kentucky, sixth at Phoenix and tenth at Homestead. But even with having an entire year off, hopping in and showing he can still compete at NASCAR’s highest level, nothing came of it.

Since that 2013 season, Cale has run everything from a 602 Super Limited all the way to a NASCAR Whelen Modified. I had a chance to ask him what exactly is the learning curve from driving all different types of race cars compared to a NASCAR Truck, “A tour type modified does everything it’s supposed to do. Got big ole tires, a real low center of gravity, nice and wide tread width, lightweight, and plenty of motor.  A truck is more sluggish. Higher center of gravity, heavier, smaller tires.” But this task is nothing Cale can’t handle, he assured me. During these off years, Cale was hired by Roush Fenway Racing as a shock-man, which as many of you know has Gale written all over it. But recently Cale has been kind of the five-tool player of the RFR shop doing everything from simulations to testing with the team at the track.

Gale told me at this point in his career, he hasn’t raced for points in much of anything since 2003. With that being said, he would love the opportunity to compete for a championship in whatever it may be that he races next. He has pondered the idea of possibly running for a championship at the famed quarter mile, Bowman Gray. But, like most things in his racing career, this isn’t set in stone. He had the chance to tell me it’s “truly humbling and unbelievable to be the guy that can still get that call or text in today’s time.” I asked him if he exceeded expectations this weekend, did he believe anything could come of this opportunity. He simply said, “I do have a slight hope that if I do my job that is possible.” And in today’s racing world, that’s all you need… opportunity.

CCS announces $25,000 to win LMSC race & 2018 Schedule

The schedule is headlined most notably by the CARS Late Model Stock Tour race on Saturday, June 23rd.  The CARS Tour race will be the first time the series has raced at the Swansboro, North Carolina track which is located just a few miles inland from the Crystal Coast beach on Emerald Isle.

“This is going to be an exciting year,” Carteret County Speedway track owner Bobby Watson said on Thursday.  “We’ve got the CARS Tour coming and it’s an honor to have them here, and we might get a second race if there’s an opening in their schedule.”

In addition to the CARS Tour, Carteret County Speedway will race on Halloween weekend with what they are promising will be the biggest race in the track’s history.  Watson said he plans to host a $25,000-to-win Late Model race which is tentatively scheduled to be held on Saturday, October 27th or on Sunday, October 28th.

“We’re going to do one of the biggest Late Model races in North Carolina and South Carolina,” Watson remarked.  “That will probably be on Halloween weekend.  That will be $25,000-to-win in the Late Model class.  We already have a sponsor, we just haven’t announced it yet.”

As Carteret County Speedway has done every year since its opening in 2015, they will race on Sunday night on Labor Day Weekend with this year’s Labor Day Classic being held on September 2nd.  Carteret County Speedway will also have races on Memorial Day Weekend, also a Sunday night race, and on Wednesday, July 4th.

“This will be our tradition, racing on Labor Day Weekend on that Sunday,” Watson explained.  “The schedule is out and it is tentative to change but we wanted to get the schedule out.  The ladies are excited about going to the beach and we wanted to give people time to make hotel reservations.”

Carteret County Speedway will open their season on Saturday, April 14th.  Races will also be held on April 28th, May 12th, (Sunday) May 27th, June 9th, (Wednesday) July 4th, July 7th, July 28th, August 11th, August 25th, (Sunday) September 2nd, September 15th, September 29th, October 6th and October 27th or 28th.

Watson also said Carteret County Speedway has a new campground facility at the track, and he will also be putting new grandstands up during the winter months, addressing the visibility issues from the frontstretch grandstands.

Huffman partners with Plan B Sales ahead of Martinsville Debut

(CONCORD, NC)- Plan B Sales, Inc., the largest distributor of Lionel die-cast collectibles, will partner with Landon Huffman as his primary sponsor for the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions at Martinsville Speedway Saturday, October 28. Huffman will pilot the #83 Chevy Silverado.
“I can’t thank Brent and everyone at Plan B Sales enough for coming on board this weekend,” said Landon. “I am excited about creating this new partnership and being part of their marketing program.”
“We are extremely excited to partner with Landon for the Martinsville truck race,” says Brent Powell, owner of Plan B Sales. “It is refreshing to see young short track racing talent get the opportunity on a national stage. Landon has a bright future and we are happy to be involved with him in the early stages of his promising NASCAR career.”
Plan B Sales was founded in 2010 by Brent and Ladonna Powell and quickly became the largest distributor of Lionel die-casts. Based in Concord, N.C., Plan B Sales also provides the retail market with products from Lionel, Chase Authentic, Auto World, Greenlight Collectibles and Wincraft Racing for licensed Motorsports related product lines.
21-year-old Huffman, of Claremont, NC, made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at the Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this season, collecting a Top-20 finish.
“Landon did a phenomenal job at Bristol and we’re excited about Martinsville,” notes CM2’s Michael Boswell. “Landon jumps in with the crew to work on the race truck, is wonderful with sponsors and the fans sure enjoyed spending time with him at Bristol.”
Joining Plan B Sales in support of Landon Huffman are Wrench Rags, Catawba Valley Reclamation, and One Wraps Designs. Additional support comes from associate sponsors ® Spanesi-Americas, Timken, Cyclops Gear, Champion Oil, MARADYNE High Performance Fans, ® Timken, WIX Filters, Redback Boots, Mayhew Tool, Reikken, MARADYNE High Performance Fans, Champion Brands, Excel Bottling / Ski Soda, MechanixWear and WIX Filters.

Alfredo prevails at Hickory’s Fall Brawl

Anthony Alfredo drove to victory Saturday night in the annual Fall Brawl 200 at Hickory Motor Speedway, his third Late Model triumph of the season. The 18-year-old Connecticut driver swept both ends of a CARS Late Model Stock Car doubleheader at Hickory in May for the other two victories.

After qualifying eighth for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event, Alfredo stuck to his pre-race strategy, which was to be patient and save his left-side tires for the second half of the 200-lap event. The race was split into two 100-lap runs and the teams were allowed to change right-side tires at the break.

Despite his plan to take positions only when possible, Alfredo was fifth just 40 laps into the event without pushing very hard. He advanced to third place 10 laps later and ran there until the lap-100 break. He took his right-side tires and the team made no adjustments so as to keep the handling of the car the same for the final 100-lap segment.

The plan was the same for the first 47 laps of the final 100, but at that point it was time to go. Alfredo picked up the pace on the final restart at lap 147, battling for five laps with Ty Gibbs for second place. He got past and settled in a car length behind leader Austin McDaniel for the next 20 circuits. With 25 laps remaining, Alfredo ducked to the inside of the leader off Turn 4 and raced side-by-side for two laps before making the pass. He was never headed the rest of the way and won by a straightaway.

Hickory Motor Speedway has been a very good place for the JR Motorsports Late Model team the past two seasons. Alfredo’s three victories in 2017 lead the way, and teammate Josh Berry has two more this season to make it five triumphs for the team. Berry won five races himself in 2016, including the Fall Brawl.

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Huffman to compete in Fall Brawl at Hickory

Off the heels of announcing his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at the end of the month, Landon Huffman will strap-in behind the wheel of his Landon Huffman Racing (LHR) Toyota this weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway for the Cosmo Motors Fall Brawl presented by Calico Coatings.
“Last time out with my car we finished third without any practice,” said Landon. “We made a few changes and I am excited to go 200 laps this weekend. Two big weekends ahead of me and I am enjoying what the good lord gives me.”
The No.75 LHR Toyota Camry Late Model Stock will be adorned by the teams’ sponsors: Wrench Rags, Catawba Valley Reclamation, Huss Bail Bonds, and Sigs Tire.
Huffman, 21-years-old, hopes to conquer the “Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars” for a third time this season when the Bojangles Late Model Stock division takes to the track on Saturday.
Spectator gates open at 5:00 p.m. (ET.) along with the start of qualifying. Pre-race ceremonies are set for 6:15 p.m. (ET.) and racing to follow promptly at 7:00 p.m. (ET.)
Fans can view a detailed schedule of events at

Dodson joins Empire Racing / RPM Development Team

Empire Racing Group, and Grumpy’s Performance, Inc., a Richard Petty Motorsports Development Team is proud to announce signing driver, Devin Dodson, for the remaining 2017 season. ERG and Grumpy’s will field two Late Model Stock Cars this weekend at Myrtle Beach Speedway for the “BattleBack WildCard Night” on Saturday night. Dodson will pilot the #9 ERG Ford as teammate to Thad Moffitt at the wheel of the #46 ERG Ford.

The team will be led by Empire Racing Group Crew Chief Mike” Grumpy” Cheek.

“I am excited to bring Devin on board to the ERG camp. I have watched Devin perform and I look forward to working with him and assisting Devin in his endeavors to get to the next level of his racing career. I feel confident that Devin will be an excellent addition to the team and a good teammate for Thad, Together we have the opportunity to put some good racing on the track for the fans.”

Eighteen-year-old, Devin Dodson who is a native of Bishopville, MD starting racing at the age of 5-years-old. He started racing go karts across the southeast and mid atlantics region with multiple wins and top 5 finishes. In 2015, Dodson moved to dirt modifieds with his accomplishments of multiple top 5’s, Rookie of the year 2015, 2 wins and in 2016, and finished 3rd in points in the Mid-Atlantic region. Dodson began to run late model stock in 2017 and in 8 starts has had five top 5 finishes.

Race Preview: PASS Visits Orange County

CHARLOTTE, NC – While the temperatures are pleasantly cooling, the action on track will be extra hot Saturday night as the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models return to action at Orange County Speedway. The rich tradition of the Howler 150 dating back to 2008 moves from South Carolina to Orange County this weekend for the first time with a strong field of the South’s original Super Late Models expected. In addition to PASS South, the SMRS Tour Modified division will determine their champion and the Orange County Limited Sportsman will race for $2000 to win in the Donnie Carver Memorial.
Kannapolis, NC’s Matt Craig has been one of the hottest short track drivers in the country winning in his last three PASS South Super Late Model starts at Caraway, Southern National, and South Boston. While the field will be poised to end his win streak, Craig looks to be on his way to becoming the first two-time champion in PASS South’s 12-year history. And, Craig will be looking for his second straight Orange County win after a controversial last lap battle with Preston Peltier in March.
While Craig will be looking to add to his win tally, several drivers have been strong as of late and will be looking for their first wins of the season. Last year’s championship runner-up, Kodie Conner, has now moved up to second in the standings and appears to have the bugs worked out of his new chassis. Jay, ME’s Dave Farrington, Jr. has been one of the strongest drivers in the series as of late, scoring top three finishes in the last two races driving the Woodman Racing entry. And, local favorite, Tate Fogleman, despite a mechanical problem at South Boston that dropped him to fourth in points, has consistently been up front challenging Craig for wins.
Trevor Noles was the runner-up to Craig at South Boston and will be back with Coulter Motorsports for another run at the checkered flag. Tyler Church, the 2014 PASS South champion and former Orange County winner, makes his return looking to break back into victory lane for the first time in over two years. Canadians from opposite coasts, JP Josiasse and Sarah Cornett-Ching were both competitive at South Boston and are back, while Cornett-Ching will be bringing a teammate along from the Race 101 stables for the first time this season, Donnie Carlton.
Veterans Jody Measamer and Jeff Batten will each be seeking their first series wins, while Georgia brothers, Kyle and Jordan McCallum, look to build their Super Late Model racing resumes at Orange County.
All the action gets under way on Friday at Orange County Speedway with open practice for all competing divisions from 3 – 6 PM. On Saturday, practice will begin at 2 PM, with qualifying starting at 5:15 PM for the PASS South Super Late Models, SMRS Tour Modifieds, and Limited Sportsman, followed by main events scheduled to start at approximately 7 PM.

-Pro All Star Series Press Release-

50th Annual Snowball Derby early entry list released

Already highlighted by the return of 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, the first list also includes several reigning Super Late Model champions from all over the country. Most notably, the list includes Southern Super Series champion Stephen Nasse, Midwest Tour champion Ty Majeski and CARS Tour champion Cole Rouse.

It also includes newly crowned NASCAR K&N Pro Series East titlist Harrison Burton, 5 Flags Speedway track champion Bubba Pollard and the winningest Late Model driver of 2017 in Casey Roderick.

It’s a fitting entry list for the 50th running of the most prestigious Super Late Model race in the country and it’s only going to grow as the weeks pass closer to the first weekend of December. The list for the 300-lap showdown includes drivers from 18 states and three Canadian provinces.

Previous winners are also represented in this first list.

In addition to Busch, the 2009 winner, the race has already approved the entry blanks from reigning winner Christian Eckes, 2014 winner John Hunter Nemechek and 2004 winner Steven Wallace.

Other NASCAR notables like Corey Lajoie and Grant Enfinger are Snowball Derby regulars and will once again make the trip to the Gulf Coast.

Race weekend is November 30 to December 3 this year. During that time span, the field will be whittled down by qualifying and a last chance race to determine the 37 drivers that will take the green flag.

Bell to compete full-time in Xfinity Series in 2018

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Christopher Bell will compete in NASCAR XFINITY Series full time in 2018.

The 22-year-old is currently running full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) and remains in contention for this season’s championship. He currently leads the point standings entering this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway with five race wins and seven stage wins providing him a Series high 47 points.

“Christopher has proven himself at every level of racing and we are excited to have him run full time in our XFINITY Series program starting in 2018,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “He has shown great maturity both on and off the track and we think he is ready for this opportunity. We look forward to watching his continued progress in the sport.”

Bell started 2017 on fire by winning one of NASCAR’s marquee events, the Chili Bowl, and followed it up by dominating and winning in the Camping World Truck Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Oklahoma native also picked up wins in his Toyota Tundra at Texas, Kentucky, Pocono, and New Hampshire.

“All of us at Toyota and TRD are proud to see Christopher continue through the ranks as he now takes on the NASCAR XFINITY Series fulltime with JGR for 2018,” said David Wilson, president of TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development). “Christopher has been a part of the TRD driver development program for many years dating back to his USAC championship in 2013 and he’s certainly been an integral part of our continued success to bring young drivers through the ranks of motorsports. Christopher has been successful in every form of racing and we’re confident that he’ll add his name to the list of drivers to put a Camry in victory lane.”

Before racing on pavement, Bell was crowned the United States Auto Club (USAC) National Midget Champion in 2013 and accumulated 26 feature wins on dirt in 2014, including the Turkey Night Grand Prix Midget race. He also enjoyed success in Super Late Models, winning prestigious races at New Smyrna Speedway, South Alabama Speedway and Southern National Motorsports Park.

“I can’t express how excited I am about the opportunity to drive full time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the XFINITY Series,” said Bell. “This has been a tremendous year for me and obviously I remain focused on finishing the Truck Series season strong and hopefully bringing a Championship to Kyle, Samantha and everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports. I don’t think I could ask for a better place to take the next step in my racing career. I’m already comfortable with everyone at JGR and I think the experience I have with them this year should help me at the start of 2018.”

Joe Gibbs Racing will announce additional details for its 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series program, including sponsors, car number and crew chief assignments at a later date.

— Joe Gibbs Racing

JGL Racing parts ways with Armstrong, suspends operations on #28

JGL Racing announces that it has suspended driver duties effective immediately with Dakoda Armstrong. Armstrong has piloted the team’s #28 Toyota entry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the 2017 season with sponsorship for the program. However, due to lack of sponsorship payments, JGL Racing has been forced to make this drastic move for the rest of the 2017 season.

“We really hate that it has come to this,” said James Whitener, owner of JGL Racing. “However, this business is driven by sponsorship and when payments aren’t made then we cannot continue to race out off our own pocket. I hate this for our race team as well as Dakoda. We all appreciate the effort he has put into the growth of JGL Racing and wish him nothing but the best of success moving forward.”

The #28 entry will not go to Dover for this weekend’s event but instead will re-focus on the remaining events on the 2017 schedule. The team’s #24 entry will continue for the remainder of the season with Corey LaJoie (youtheory) and Dylan Lupton (Nut Up Industries).

“We will focus on finishing out the season with our programs on our #24 Toyota,” added Whitener. “We will explore future options for the #28 entry as well as focusing on finalizing programs for both cars for the 2018 season.”

Kahne to LFR in 2018

Leavine Family Racing (LFR) has announced that Kasey Kahne will pilot the #95 Chevrolet Camaro for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season.

Kahne, who has driven for Hendrick Motorsports since 2012, has signed on to be LFR’s primary driver for the 2018 season.

LFR has recorded impressive finishes as a single-car team during the 2017 MENCS season and feels that Kahne, winner of the Brickyard 400 in 2017, would not only be a top driver for the team in the MENCS series in 2018, but also be instrumental in assisting the team to attract new sponsorship in the future.

“I want to thank Leavine Family Racing for this opportunity and will work as hard as possible to help them continue improving,” said Kahne. “I am ready for this challenge and look forward to making a fresh start. Bob and everyone at Leavine Family Racing put a lot into their program and I’m excited to become a part of it.”

“We look at this as an opportunity to go to the next level,” said LFR team owner, Bob Leavine. “This deals partially with performance, because obviously, Kasey is a playoff-caliber driver. He has a wealth of information being with a larger organization like Hendrick Motorsports, and we think that will help us. We also look at this as an opportunity for marketing to be able to sell sponsorship.

Overall, we think Kasey is a good fit and felt we needed a change. There is absolutely nothing that Michael (McDowell) did, it was just a matter of us having to make some changes to help us move up the ladder and be a factor in the playoffs. I know Kasey will bring things that will help us, and I believe our environment will be conducive to his confidence level, which will in turn raise our confidence level. It just seemed like the right time and the right fit for our team.”

— Leavine Family Racing —

Smithfield Foods to be Primary Sponsor at SHR in 2018

Smithfield Foods Inc. announced earlier today it will join Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) as a primary team sponsor beginning in 2018. Details of the agreement, including the driver who will be added to SHR’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup in 2018, will be provided at a later date.
“We’re very proud to have Smithfield Foods join the Stewart-Haas Racing family,” said Brett Frood, president, SHR. “Smithfield has activated heavily and successfully within the sport, and we’re honored to be a part of the brand’s forward initiatives and strategy. Although we’re not ready to announce the full details of the program, we look forward to this new endeavor while remaining focused on the upcoming playoffs and putting forth the best effort possible to win more races and contend for another championship.”

Geico Renews contract with Ty Dillon & Germain Racing

With his rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series headed toward its finale in a couple of months, Ty Dillon’s future just got much brighter as he and Germain Racing announced a multi-year contract extension to keep him behind the wheel of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet for the foreseeable future.

Along with Dillon and Germain announcing their deal, GEICO, which has sponsored the team since 2008, also announced that they will be a permanent fixture on the livery of Dillon’s car for years to come. The team also noted in their announcement that they will continue their technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing for 2018 and beyond.

“Being able to partner with GEICO all these years has been a source of great pride for our race team and for me personally,” said Germain Racing owner, Bob Germain, Jr. “They’re an incredible company and they support our sport in so many different ways. We’re very fortunate to be the team that gets to represent GEICO on the race track. I appreciate their support and I look forward to working with them in the years to come. Ty Dillon has given us some very exciting races in his rookie season. We have extended Ty’s contract, and look forward to crew chief Bootie Barker and Ty leading the team to more success. They will be supported by all of the same great team members who have helped build Germain Racing.”

Through the first 25 races of the 2017 season, Dillon has yet to break into the top-10, but has been a fixture in the top-20 at the finish of the majority of the races this season, with 16 finishes inside the top-20.

At both the May Talladega race and last Sunday’s race at Darlington, Dillon tied his career-best finish with a 13th place finish, a notable result for a team of Germain Racing’s caliber.

“GEICO is an amazing sponsorship partner and a great supporter of NASCAR as a whole, said Dillon. “I love having the chance to represent them and be a part of their widespread footprint in the sport, along with their long-standing relationship with Germain Racing. We’ve experienced success together during my rookie season and I’m excited for what the future holds for our No. 13 GEICO team.”

Subway terminates contract with JGR & Daniel Suarez with races still remaining

Joe Gibbs Racing confirmed that the Subway cancelation stems from a pre-race segment in July. Daniel Suarez was handing out Dunkin Donuts in said TV segment.

Subway has taken issue with the described skit. They have elected to terminate their deal with Daniel Suarez and Joe Gibbs Racing.

Subway had a 4 race deal with Daniel Suarez. So far, Subway has been seen on the machine in 3 races. A single race remained.

Joe Gibbs Racing received a letter from Subway declaring the early termination of the NASCAR sponsorship. It was delivered ahead of the Darlington Raceway weekend.

Dunkin Donuts is a competing restaurant to Subway.

“That’s part of racing,” Suarez stated before has was aware of the reason for termination. “Sponsorship comes and sponsorship leaves. There’s nothing we can do about it. I don’t really know the reasons, so there’s not a lot I can add to it.”

Larson to Honor Sabates at Darlington

Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) revealed yesterday the throwback paint scheme on the No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet SS, driven by Kyle Larson, for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. The paint scheme will honor current CGR co-owner Felix Sabates. Credit One Bank will turn back the clock to 1995, and feature a scheme that was raced by Kyle Petty while driving at SABCO Racing for Sabates. The original design has been updated to include the Credit One Bank logo on the hood and quarter panel, but otherwise remains intact from when Petty was behind the wheel.

Menards to Sponsor Blaney in 2018

Team Penske and Menards announced today that the industry-leading home improvement store company will sponsor driver Ryan Blaney and the No. 12 Ford Fusion for 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races in 2018. The partnership follows the recent announcement that Blaney will race a third Team Penske entry in the Cup Series beginning next season. Menards will also be a sponsor on the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing entry, which will be driven by Paul Menard, starting next season.

“Having a company like Menards, and a businessman like John Menard, be a part of the growth with the No. 12 team is terrific for our organization,” said Roger Penske. “Menards has a winning tradition in motorsports and Team Penske looks forward to adding to that legacy. We have enjoyed a productive relationship with Menards through our INDYCAR program, and they were a key part of our championship effort last season. We are excited about the opportunity to grow with them in NASCAR beginning next season.”

The partnership between Team Penske and Menards began in 2016, with the company serving as a primary sponsor on the No. 22 Indy car for five races with driver Simon Pagenaud. The company expanded its relationship in 2017, sponsoring the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series Champion for 10 races. Next season will mark the company’s first foray into NASCAR with Team Penske.

Menards plans to continue its sponsorship of Penske’s INDYCAR program into 2018 and beyond as well.

“Working with an organization like Team Penske means you are always going to be in contention for race wins and championships,” said John Menard. “And winning races and championships puts your brand in front of a lot of people. We’ve had a great run in motorsports over the years and with that has come a lot of success. Now, we are excited to keep that going with both NASCAR and INDYCAR programs with Team Penske.”

Chase to the #9 & Byron to the #24 in 2018

When a new NASCAR season begins in February, rising star Chase Elliott will be reunited with the number synonymous with his legendary racing family and rookie William Byron will take the wheel of one of the most iconic cars in motor sports history.

In 2018, 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports will introduce the #9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro to its four-car team with Elliott in the driver’s seat. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native raced the #9 to the 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series title, and his Hall of Fame father Bill Elliott memorably drove it to 38 Cup-level wins and the 1988 series championship.

“I wasn’t sure I’d ever drive the ‘9’ again,” said Chase Elliott, 21, who is currently in his second season driving the #24 Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports. “It’s a huge deal to my family and everyone back home (in Georgia), and I hope all of our fans will be pumped to see it back on the racetrack. There’s a legacy attached to that number, and I want to carry it on. I think it’s awesome that Hendrick Motorsports and NAPA wanted to do this. It’s impossible not to be excited.”

When Byron starts his first career Daytona 500 next year, it will be in the iconic #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet made famous by four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and his storied Rainbow Warriors team. Byron will begin his 2018 rookie season at the same age Gordon was (20) when he made his Cup debut in 1992.

“Jeff and Jimmie (Johnson) are the drivers I’ve always watched most closely and tried to learn from,” said Byron, 19, who grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and signed with Hendrick Motorsports in August 2016. “I didn’t think I could be more motivated, but when Mr. (Rick) Hendrick called to tell me (about driving the #24), it took things to another level. I have so much respect for all the people who have contributed to the success of the ’24.’ I know it’s rare to have the chance to be part of something like this. I’m going to make the most of it.”

Next season, Elliott and Byron will team with the #48 of seven-time Cup champion Johnson, 41, and the #88 of 24-year-old newcomer Alex Bowman in the Hendrick Motorsports stable.

“I know what the ‘9’ means to Chase and his whole family,” said Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “They’ve contributed so much to our sport, and I’m happy we can honor that history by bringing the number back. I think fans will really love seeing it out there. I told Chase we’d only do it if he promised to win a bunch of races, so I’m going to hold him to that.

“The ‘fit factor’ is something I’ve always believed in, and that’s what I see with William and our organization. He reminds me a lot of Jeff at that age with regard to being a special talent and having a great head on his shoulders. But William is also his own person with his own career ahead of him. It’s going to be fun to watch him jump in the ’24’ and show what he’s capable of.”

The debut of the #9 will mark the first time in nearly a decade that Hendrick Motorsports will field a new car number for one of its full-time teams. The most recent addition was the No. 88, which was added in 2008 when driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined the organization.

“I’m excited about the future,” Hendrick said. “We’ve made some management decisions recently that I feel really good about. Looking at next year, Jimmie will continue to be a leader and help set the tone. Alex is chomping at the bit and ready to go. When you add the (new) Chevrolet Camaro race car into the mix, it’ll definitely be a new look for us. Everyone’s energized.”

Following the 2017 season, Hendrick Motorsports will withdraw its No. 5 car number from competition. It was the organization’s first car number and has run full-time since the team was founded in 1984. The No. 5 was raced to Hendrick Motorsports’ first victory at Martinsville Speedway during its inaugural season, and Terry Labonte drove it to a Cup Series championship in 1996.

“That was by far the hardest part (of the car number decisions),” Hendrick said. “The ‘5’ means so much to everyone at Hendrick Motorsports and to a lot of our fans. The memories and the history will always be there, and I won’t rule out bringing it back some day. Never say never.”

Next season, Elliott and the #9 will be fielded by his current #24 team while Byron and the #24 will be fielded by the current #5 team.

Multiple drivers interested in the #77 for next year

The continued impressive performance of Erik Jones has done more than help solidify Furniture Row Racing as a potential powerhouse in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It also has elevated interest in the #77 Toyota for 2018.

“There have been some really good drivers that are looking around and that have inquired about the car because I think it is obvious the performance of the car is something any driver would like to be in right now,” Joe Garone, president of Furniture Row Racing, told “It hasn’t shocked me; it’s a compliment to the team some of the drivers that have talked to us.”

The potential for an open seat exists because Jones, 21, is headed to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018 to take over the #20 Toyota currently driven by veteran Matt Kenseth.
Garone didn’t name names, but it’s likely both Kenseth and Kasey Kahne are among those who have expressed interest in the ride since neither will be back with their respective teams next season. While Kenseth is being replaced by Jones, Kahne is being released with one year remaining on his contract with Hendrick Motorsports as that organization puts William Byron in its #5 Chevrolet in ’18.

“It’s 100 percent relying on sponsorship,” Garone said on whether the organization will field the #77 next year. “We certainly never got into this to run just one year. A set of circumstances presented itself that we’re having to deal with. It’s late in the year and we’ve known for a little bit that we were possibly going to be facing having to find another sponsor.”

Ryan Ellis set to drive the #07 at Road America

Ryan Ellis will be joining SS-Green Light Racing this weekend driving the #07 Superlite Cars/Bachtel Excavating Chevy at Road America. This will be Ryan’s 46th start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and 75th NASCAR start. Ellis, who came from a road course racing background, will be making his first Xfinity start of the season.

“I think a lot of people forget that I have done a ton of road racing in the past between NASA/SCCA/Grand-Am and my experience with Superlite Cars. Once I entered this sport mostly full-time I think I just got tagged as another NASCAR driver, but I still consider myself a road course guy. I’ve raced Road America many times, but I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited to get behind the wheel of a racecar. I can’t thank Bobby Dotter enough for giving me this opportunity on our off-week, we’re going to do all we can to get a good run and keep the car in one-piece. I wouldn’t be able to do this without my great friends and sponsors at Superlite Cars and Bachtel Excavating.”

Ryan was the primary driver for Superlite Cars from 2011-2014 and worked at their shop back in 2012 as well. Since meeting Fran Hall, the owner of Superlite Cars in 2011, Ryan and Fran have become great friends. Fran is even a groomsmen at Ryan’s wedding later this year and has supported Ryan and his racing many times. Ellis said, “Fran is basically family to me. He’s been so important to my racing career and has been instrumental in getting me to where I am in this sport. I called him for a lot of advice over the offseason before taking the Public Relations position at Go Fas, and I’m so lucky to have someone like him on my side.”

Bachtel Excavating first sponsored Ryan at Mid Ohio last year, where the Rick Ware Racing team and Ryan brought home an 18th place finish for the new sponsor. Ellis said, “I got the opportunity to meet Matt Bachtel and some of the other guys from Bachtel Excavating last year at Mid Ohio. They’re such a great group of people and it was so much fun giving them an introduction to NASCAR sponsorship. I’m very proud that he has come back on board with us and helped me get another great shot at a good finish this weekend. It means a lot to me that they are willing to help us out this weekend, because I know it is a good distance away from their Ohio headquarters. Hopefully I will get to see Matt and his group very soon.”

SunnyD announces contract extension with Stenhouse

SunnyD has announced a contract extension with Roush Fenway that will see the iconic brand extend its relationship with the team and driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. through the 2019 season, with additional races added each season. SunnyD has served as a primary partner on Stenhouse’s #17 Ford Fusion for multiple races over the past two seasons.

“We’ve had a great time partnering with SunnyD the last two years,” said Stenhouse. “It’s one of the coolest paint schemes on the track and we’ve had a lot of fun promoting their classic brand. I’m excited that we have extended our relationship and I can’t wait to see how much fun we can have with SunnyD in victory lane.”
In addition to on-track success, Roush Fenway and SunnyD have teamed together in several unique social programs and promotions. This season’s ‘Race with Ricky Sweepstakes’, offers fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to race against one of NASCAR’s up and coming stars, and has received just under a half a million entries to date.

Bloomquist claims 5th Topless 100 Victory

Scott Bloomquist became the first five-time winner of the COMP Cams Topless 100- Presented by Crop Production Services on Sunday afternoon at Batesville Motor Speedway.

Bloomquist inherited the lead on lap-66 when race leader, Austin Rettig had to pit for a flat tire. Bloomquist then led the remaining laps to score the $40,000 victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and COMP Cams Super Dirt Series-sanctioned event.

Tim McCreadie led the first 63 laps of the race until Rettig rolled around him to take the lead. Rettig led two laps until a caution came out. Under the caution, Rettig’s right-rear tire went flat, relinquishing the lead to Bloomquist.

Bloomquist entered the weekend tied with Billy Moyer – each having four career wins in the crown-jewel event’s history. He led the remaining 34 laps unchallenged to get the victory. “The car was awesome. Once we moved outside, I got by a bunch of cars. I had to take it easy on the tires. We were looking for somewhere around lap-40 to pit and it worked out for us,” said Bloomquist, who started the race in the 23rd position.

“I just kept watching those lead cars. They were starting to have trouble around lap-60. I knew we had enough for them at the end. I just had to keep the car straight and smooth. The Andy Durham Racing Engine ran great. I can’t thank everyone enough, especially all my help, the sponsors, and all the fans. I followed the 94 car [Rettig] through there, but he was burning the tires up. I would sweep wide on the straight-aways and go low in the corners. That was the fastest groove. I wasn’t worried about being passed at the end. I was just worried about tire wear to finish the race. I didn’t push it nearly as much as I could have there at the end.”

Bloomquist’s, Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis is sponsored by Crop Production Services, Reece Monument Company, Mark Martin Automotive, Sweet Manufacturing, Horton Coal, Sorbera Chiropractic, Petroff Towing, Crossfit by Overton, and Penske Shocks.

Briscoe to run Xfinity Series in 2018?

Ford Performance is hoping to move Truck series competitor Chase Briscoe to the NASCAR Xfinity Series next season.

Briscoe, 22, currently competes full-time in the Camping World Truck Series with Brad Keselowski and is a member of Ford’s driver development program.

“Chase has done a great job in the BKR trucks in 2017 and we are fully committed to his continued development and progression in NASCAR,” Ford Performance Global Director Dave Pericak told in a statement.

“We have already been active in working with our Ford teams to place him into the right Xfinity program for 2018, but right now we want his focus to be on winning races and competing in the playoffs for a championship in the Camping World Truck Series.”

The most likely Ford Xfinity options for 2018 are likely to be with Roush Fenway Racing or Stewart-Haas Racing.

Larson/CGR unveil New sponsor & Paint Scheme

Chip Ganassi Racing announced today that First Data, a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, will partner with Kyle Larson and the No. 42 Chevrolet SS team for two upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Seriesraces at Talladega Superspeedway and Martinsville Speedway. This expands on a relationship that began last season when First Data joined Jamie McMurray and the No. 1 Chevrolet SS as a partner for the Fall Martinsville race. Additionally, First Data returns this year on McMurray’s car at Martinsville as an associate sponsor. First Data also recently announced a three-year agreement with Martinsville to be the entitlement sponsor for the track’s fall MENCS race, starting with the First Data 500 on October 29.

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Emerling dominates at Bristol, scores first career NWMT victory

Patrick Emerling swept his way to Victory Lane with a near-perfect performance at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday.

The Orchard Park, New York, driver was fastest in practice, won the Coors Light Pole Award and proceeded to lead 148 of the 150 laps en route to his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory.

“It’s just a dream come true,” said Emerling following the win at the historic track dubbed ‘Thunder Valley.’ “It’s incredible. We only run a handful of the Whelen Tour races and to come down here and win practice, catch the pole and lead every single lap, it’s an incredible feeling for us as a team.”

The win for the 24-year-old came in his 78th career start and just his third of 2017. He held off challenges from Chase Dowling and Justin Bonsignore on restarts in the first half of the race, then held off four-time tour champion Doug Coby in the dash to the finish.

He crossed the line 1.239 seconds ahead of Coby. Prior to Wednesday, Emerling’s best career finish was a second at New Hampshire in 2015.

For Coby, the second-place finish was the third straight in Whelen Modified Tour competition and it helped him claw back towards the top of the championships standings.

Timmy Solomito, who was caught up in a Lap 68 accident, came home 15th to maintain a two-point edge on Rowan Pennink. Ryan Preece finished fifth and is nine points behind Solomito, while Coby is 17 points back.

Justin Bonsignore finished third and is 19 points out of first. Chase Dowling and Preece rounded out the top five at Bristol.

Andy Seuss was sixth, followed by Pennink, Ronnie Williams, Bobby Santos and Matt Swanson.

Monster Energy to re-evaluate sponsorship in NASCAR?

Monster Energy is coming up on a crucial period, as it is determines whether to extend its title sponsorship with NASCAR and its team deal with Stewart-Haas Racing. The energy drink company’s deal with SHR expires after this year, while the title sponsorship is slated to run through ’18. Sources said that Monster is contractually obligated to let NASCAR know by sometime in December whether it will pick up a two-year option on the original two-year, $20M annual deal that would then extend through ’20.

Sources said Monster is looking at recalibrating its investment in the sport next year, as it looks to find an overall spend that it deems as more of a returnable figure. Cuts could come on both the team side and entitlement activation side.

Monster has dealt with growing pains in its first year as the entitlement sponsor, as could be expected, and sources said that has continued in recent months amid issues with driver participation in Monster’s marketing and track activation assets like signage and suites. While execs close to the deal concede there have been growing pains, a source disputed that it would lead to any early exit after this season. The source added that such growing pains should be eased significantly next year. NASCAR in recent months has said that it believes it will earn a renewal from Monster, and Covington’s public comments on the deal have been almost entirely positive aside from conceding that it has been an adjustment for the company to get used to NASCAR’s structure.

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Bubba gets redemption in Truck series return

Darrell Wallace Jr. prevailed in his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Saturday afternoon, holding on at Michigan International Speedway.

Wallace led the final 11 laps in the 100-lap LTi Printing 200, his No. 99 Chevrolet holding just a .176-second lead at the checkered flag. Wallace’s deal with MDM Motorsports was announced just this week.

Wallace took the lead for the first time on Lap 90, making a bold move past Christopher Bell and Austin Cindric. The sixth win of his Truck Series career was his first at the 2-mile track.

“It’s been so long since I’ve been in Victory Lane,” Wallace said. “I try to hold a positive mindset over it, and everybody in my family knows it eats at me every day. Emotional Victory Lane, for sure. First time back in three years, so it’s so cool.”

Bell, the series points leader, salvaged second place in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Toyota. Kyle Busch, Ryan Truex and Cindric rounded out the top five, with pole-sitter Matt Crafton scored in sixth.

Busch led a race-high 47 laps and won the opening two stages, but dropped back in the pack after suffering left-front damage in a Lap 65 restart. That contact was triggered by a three-wide battle with Wallace and Cody Coughlin, who took the brunt of the incident.

John Hunter Nemechek, a two-time winner this year, crashed heavily into the Turn 2 retaining wall on Lap 4. His No. 8 Chevrolet broke loose after battling with Chase Briscoe, relegating him to a last-place finish in the 30-truck field.

Flange Fit Bodies coming to Xfinity Series

NASCAR XFINITY Series teams will have the option of using a flange-fit composite body at three races later this season as the series moves toward incorporating the body into competition full-time by 2019.

XFINITY Series director Wayne Auton said that teams will have the option of running the composite body at Richmond, Dover and Phoenix this year, and it is expected to also be optional for ’18 at all tracks other than superspeedways.

Approximately 90 percent of the teams expected to compete in the Richmond XFINITY Series race have already indicated they will compete with the new composite body.

Teams in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series have competed with the composite body for two years and Auton said officials learned much from that process. While the bodies themselves will be similar, Auton said additional bracing has been added for cars competing in the XFINITY Series.

Five Star RaceCar Bodies, based in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, will supply the various body parts, other than the hood, upper nose and fenders, which will continue to be supplied by the three OEMs – Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota.

Unlike steel bodies which are welded to the chassis, composite bodies are bolted via bracing onto the chassis and can be removed and replaced much easier

The laminate blend material can be broken, but for the most part it retains its shape when struck.

From an inspection standpoint, Auton said initially nothing should change although as the car is put through the rigors of competition, some tweaks might become necessary.

The current templates will continue to be used in the inspection process. There are also markings on the outside of the car where a laser system will be used, starting at Richmond, to ensure the body is square to the frame.

There will be no additional practice time because of the new piece.

Bubba gets new ride ahead of Michigan

Article By: Josh Parrish

Darrell Wallace Jr. will be making his return to NASCAR competition this weekend at Michigan International Speedway in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition.

Wallace will drive the No. 99. MDM Motorsports entry in Saturday’s LTI Printing 200 with sponsorship from Maestro’s Classic, a company that specializes in beard care products.

Wallace, a former truck series regular, competed in the series full-time in 2013 and 2014. Over those two years, He collected five wins, 14 top-fives, 26 top-10’s, and three poles. Since then Wallace has competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series until Pocono earlier this year when the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing entry suspended operations as Wallace subbed for the injured Almirola.

Wallace also mentioned that MDM Motorsports still has some open race weekends, but nothing was set in stone.

Erik Jones gets encumbered finish among other teams with penalties

Several penalties were issued following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series races at Pocono Raceway and the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway:

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:

#77-Jones: Section 20.14.2 Rear Suspension I-4 f. Truck Trailing Arm Spacers/Pinion Angle Shims. Spacers/pinion angle shims must conform to the following drawing: A-008-01016d-16 REV. A. Notes: 6 The Truck trailing arm spacer / pinion angle shim mating surfaces must be planar and must be in complete contact with corresponding mating surfaces at all points and at all times.

Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes.

Crew chief (Chris Gayle) has been fined $50,000 and suspended for two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Points Events. Team has been assessed with the loss of 25 owner points and 25 driver points.

#18-Busch: Sections Tires and Wheels. Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed. Crew chief (Adam Stevens) has been fined $10,000.

#17-Stenhouse, Jr: Sections Tires and Wheels. Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed. Crew chief (Brian Pattie) has been fined $10,000.

#6-Bayne: Sections Tires and Wheels. Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed. Crew chief (Matt Puccia) has been fined $10,000.


#16-Ryan Reed: Sections Tires and Wheels. Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed. Crew chief (Phil Gould) has been fined $5,000.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

#52-Stewart Friesen: Sections Tires and Wheels. Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed. Crew chief (Trip Bruce) has been fined $2,500.

Craig dominates to win at SNMP

Matt Craig took the lead from Matt Wallace on lap 28 of Saturday night’s 150 lap PASS South Super Late Model race and never looked back, as he scored his second Southern National win of the year in dominant fashion.

“That’s really cool to sweep the season in PASS, both races,” Craig said after the race. “The car has just been phenomenal. We have a good setup under our piece right now and I think it was a good race. I wish we had a few more cautions there, got strung and my car kept getting a little better and some other ones were fading. It was a lot of fun. I love this track a whole bunch and hope we come back here next year.”

Early in the race, Matt Wallace pulled away with a big lead, until the caution came out for rain. Craig, who had been saving tires, was able to get by and then pull away. He would go on to survive a series of late race restarts to pick up the win, his fourth win of the season in PASS South competition.

“We were just letting off at the flagstand,” Craig explained. “He was running a little hard and I’ve done it before. It takes a while to learn your lesson about that. With five to go, I wasn’t real worried. My crew was giving me the lap times and we felt safe.”

Maine driver Dave Farrington finished the race in second while fellow northern driver Trevor Sanborn was third. Rounding out the top-five were Jared Fryar and veteran Jay Fogleman.

Photo By: Josh Parrish

Sam Hunt ready for NKNPS race at Langley

Sam Hunt is relatively unknown to most in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) although he has been competing for 5 years. Hunt, now 23 years old, starting racing at the young age of 6, where he started racing Karts. After karts came the transition to asphalt with Limited Late Model and Late Model Stock Car competition. Hunt grabbed a few wins during his LMSC career at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC and Shenandoah Speedway in Shenandoah, VA.

Hunt began competing in the NKNPS at the age of 18 where he has since racked up multiple Top 10’s and Top 15’s in the series.  In 2016, he joined forces with Peyton Sellers to create HSR which granted him the title of the youngest NASCAR team owner at the age of 23. Currently, Sam is a full-time student at Virginia Commonwealth University, and he plans to graduate in the summer of 2017 with a degree in Finance.

Hunt spoke with our own Andrew Fuller about the upcoming NKNPS race at Langley Speedway in September. Hunt was competing at the Hampton Heat this past Saturday along with future late model races at Langley in preparation for the event.

“We are doing this race and another race to kinda get ourselves ready for the K&N race and to get my self some time on the track. I feel that the laps will be valuable and we’ll be ready come time in September” said Hunt.

Hunt came home in the 15th position at the Hampton Heat 200 on Saturday out of 31 cars that started the event.

Photo by: Andrew Fuller

LMSC Engine Combos to downsize in 2019

NASCAR issued a statement to all Home Track members stating that ALL Dodge, Chevy and Ford built motors will no longer be legal under NASCAR sanctioning starting in the 2019 season. This comes as to a relief for most who have been going off of hearsay for the last few months on the future of LMSC engine combos. 

The only engine combinations that will be legal under NASCAR sanctioning will be the new Chevrolet Built “upgrade” motor which most of us know now as the new SPEC motor. Also, the Ford SR347, the Harrington Enforcer engine and lastly the 604 GM Crate motor.